Thursday File Digest - Buzz

Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

This is the world’s biggest hornet (body length 50mm) and a very intimidating yet majestic subject.
Unfortunately in Yunnan and elsewhere, the newly emerged adults are favoured medicinally soaked in alcohol and sometimes fried. Their huge nests full of larva and newly emerging adults are haggled over at the markets which is where I rescued this individual from.
Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian Giant Hornet stings exceeds that of all other venomous and non-venomous wild animals combined, including wild bears and venomous snakes. (Wikipedia)

Pu’er, Yunnan, China