Talk:Asian giant hornet

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butchering with impunity???[edit]

"After butchering the bees with impunity..." -- Really?? Any chance you're getting a little too involved in this topic? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 180.210.205.236 (talk) 21:06, 28 September 2013 (UTC)


Missing reference?[edit]

Several paragraphs of this article look like they have been written with the BBC show "Buddha, Bees and the Giant Hornet Queen" as a reference, especially the "Predation" and "Native honey bees" sections. Should the show be added as an external reference to the article? Khim1 (talk) 09:07, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Similarities with National Geographic article "Hornets from Hell"[edit]

Phrasing from the National Geographic article Hornets from Hell appears to have been copied with minor changes into the text of the article.

From Hornets from Hell: "...a handful of the creatures can slaughter 30,000 European honeybees within hours, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs."

From the article: "It takes only a few of these hornets a few hours to exterminate the population of a 30,000-member hive, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs."

The Wikipedia sentence does not have a citation to the better written original from National Geographic. A suggested improvement: first, quote and cite the original; second, replace "only a few" (National Geographic: "a handful") with a numerical estimate from the scientific literature; and, third, replace "a few hours" (National Geographic: "hours") with an estimate from the scientific literature. The National Geographic mentions 30 hornets and 3 hours, respectively.

FLengyel (talk) 19:21, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

I recommend fixing it. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 00:50, 15 July 2012 (UTC)
I agree with most of what you folks said, but I went further; the article is far from perfect now, but I have butchered it somewhat, corrected some nonsense about the sizes of the hornets relative to the bees, and why that makes them sting-proof, and rewritten a lot of the NG journalese. Feel welcome to crit the changes. JonRichfield (talk) 07:37, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Sting stats and phrasing[edit]

The 3 citations (in fact only 2 but one has been entered twice) do not support the statistic of deaths by this hornet in Japan. Both articles refer to the deaths in Japan from anaphylactic shock as the result of stings from bees and wasps, not a single species. Stats specific to this hornet may or may not be available but certainly the citations show the figure of 30-40 in the article is too high.

I also get the impression that writing this figure after the fact that the venom can be fatal even without an allergic reaction is likely to make people think the stats include deaths without an allergic reaction. Is this not sensationalising the sting? or at least exaggerating the danger to people? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AlanBrod (talkcontribs) 11:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Translation of Japanese name[edit]

The fact that Japanese does not make the distinction between bees and wasps which exists in English should not lead to all names being translated as "bee". A better translation would be Giant Sparrow Wasp. I suspect the same is true of Korean and Chinese but do not have the expertise to be categoric.AlanBrod (talk) 12:44, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Hornet attacks kill dozens in China[edit]

Possible basis for a fictional insect weapon?[edit]

The tracker-jacker is likely a modification of the Asian giant hornet, or the Japanese subspecies. Yura87 (talk) 20:15, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

More on the Asian Giant Hornet[edit]

This hornet is the world’s largest hornet! This article could use some expansion in the evolutionary development of some of its defining features. The hornet’s large stinger and body size is mentioned, but its family tree and possibilities for how these traits evolved was left out. The article should include how these astonishing adaptations arose. This article should also expand on its geographic distribution section. It needs to mention in what areas specifically this hornet is found and how this insect is viewed culturally. Because this is the world’s largest hornet, it is important for the reader to understand how people around the world view this insect. A brief comparison between this hornet and other species of smaller hornets could also prove useful to the reader so they can realize how extraordinary and unique this one is.

Probertsg (talk) 20:29, 11 September 2014 (UTC)


Needs more information[edit]

As mentioned above, this article needs more information. This article lacks information about the life cycle of the species and information about reproduction. Amgoldberg15 (talk) 20:47, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Three is me (talk) 04:04, 12 September 2014 (UTC)A section on the seasonal habits of the hornets should be included so that the reader knows how the hornets survive in different temperatures and fully understands the life cycles of the hornets.

Peer Review[edit]

Within the article, I made changes regarding some writing and grammar errors to not only fix these errors but to improve the clarity of what you were trying to say (at times, the sentences were wordy and confusing). In addition, due to some coding errors, a lot of the species names throughout the article were either not italicized or left in quotes. I went through and fixed all of these. The article discusses how “species under the genus lack distinctive characteristics, making it difficult for species to be grouped”, but this makes me wonder how then the species were divided. Why is your species categorized apart from other species in your genus? Perhaps clarify this thought in your article more. In addition, the taxonomy and phylogeny section on this article seems to deal with solely phylogeny. Consider either expanding on the taxonomy or change the heading to make it more relevant to the section content. How did your species get its name?

In addition, you mention that the reproductive anatomy between the queens and the workers is consistent but the workers do not reproduce. Is this because the workers are being reproductively suppressed? Are their ovaries not developed? How does this come about within a colony (i.e. perhaps a dominance hierarchy within the colony)? This could be expanded upon in your article.

Also, watch for repetition, you discuss the colors of the hornet’s forelegs, midlegs, and hindlegs both in the description section and in the anatomy section. Consider cutting one of these.

The sources used appear to be scholarly and accurate, but when citing these sources within the article, there appears to be a lot of repeat. For example, numbers 8 and 9 in your references list are the same source. You should combine these to be within one number in your reference list by making number 8 perhaps 9d.

Overall, the article covers a breadth of topics and was an informative, yet engaging read. The discussion about the interplay between these hornets and humans is well-explored. Diana He819 (talk) 8:15, 1 October 2014 (UTC)


Peer Review[edit]

I found this article to be very well put together. The most distinctive thing I noted about this article was the wealth of information presented, gathered from a variety of sources. I thought the organization and structure of the article was great, with many detailed sections. The formatting of the text itself, including italicizing and linking, was done well. For this article, I made about 4 minor grammatical edits to the sections of the ‘Overview,’ ‘Nesting,’ and ‘Colony Cycle’ sections. With a lot of research and well-written material, this article is very good and has the potential to be further expanded.

Sandyamuchimilli (talk) 16:57, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

I have captured a Giant Asian Hornet at my home in NC[edit]

Please help, I have captured in a jar, what looks like a Giant Asian Hornet, who can I call to verify this HUGE hornet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.52.159.104 (talk) 03:03, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Invading Europe and North America[edit]

According to Killer Hornets from Hell' they have also hitchhiked on ships to America and Europe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.81.57.247 (talk) 17:52, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

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