Man, 73, killed by swarm of ‘homicide’ hornets’ lethal cousins in Spain as coronavirus lockdown eased

Man, 73, killed by swarm of ‘murder’ hornets’ deadly cousins in Spain as coronavirus lockdown eased

A MAN was killed after a swarm of Asian hornets stung him whereas he was spending a day trip on the Spanish coast together with his spouse.

The stunning incident happened within the province of Pontevedra, Galicia, on Sunday morning after coronavirus lockdowns have been eased, say experiences.


The yellow-legged Asian hornets are carefully associated to so-called ‘homicide’ hornets[/caption]

In line with the native authorities the 73-year-old man, whose title has not been revealed, was strolling together with his spouse once they have been each stung.

A swarm of yellow-legged Asian hornets – carefully associated to so-called ‘homicide’ hornets – is claimed to have descended on the couple.

Reviews state emergency crews despatched an air ambulance to the city of Poioi to assist the lifeless man after he suffered a extreme allergic response.

Medics are stated to have tried resuscitate him on the spot for not less than 45 minutes however they may not save his life.

The person’s spouse, whose age isn’t identified, isn’t in danger, G24 Information reported.

The man was killed in the coastal town of in the town of Poioi, Galicia
The person was killed within the coastal city of within the city of Poioi, Galicia

The information comes after one other man, whose title can also be unknown, died within the close by metropolis of Santiago on Might 10 after he was additionally stung.

That sufferer was stung on the eyebrow by what was believed to have been a ‘homicide’ hornet whereas tending to a beehive he owned

The yellow-legged variant (vespa velutina) is an invasive species and is believed to have arrived in Europe inside packing containers of pottery from China in 2004.

They’re identified to assault in a bunch when their nest is threatened and several other assaults on people have been reported lately.


  • The Asian large hornet is the world’s largest species of hornet with a physique size of two inches.
  • The insect is native to components of Asia though it may be present in different international locations.
  • They’ve a darkish brown or black velvety physique with yellow-tipped legs
  • They’ve a yellow or orange band on the fourth section of the stomach
  • They’re smaller than the native European hornet and should not lively at night time




Their lethal cousins – additionally from Asia – have been migrating internationally and have been first noticed earlier this yr in Washington State America.

The large two-inch wasps bloodbath honey bees of their hives, decapitating their victims and feeding their our bodies to their younger.

However the hornets are lethal to people as effectively, killing as much as 50 folks a yr of their native Japan alone.

In the event you assume you may have seen the insect, it’s best to report this sighting utilizing the “Asian Hornet Watch” app, which is on the market to obtain on iPhones or Android smartphones.

You may be requested to incorporate info on the situation and date of the sighting, in addition to the variety of Asian hornets you noticed and, if attainable, a photograph to assist determine the insect.

Members of the general public should not suggested to attempt to take away a nest themselves as this ought to be accomplished by consultants.