As if COVID-19 wasn’t scary enough already, the US is currently under attack from a swarm of monstrous insects known as “murder hornets”. Officially referred to as the Japanese Giant Hornet, the flying insects have been known to take out mice or entire colonies of bees, but the threat they pose to human life is actually quite frightening. In the summer of 2013, 41 people in the Chinese province of Shaanxi were killed by Murder Hornets, proving that these insects aren’t playing around.
But one legend, known as the ‘King of Sting’ has voluntarily put life and limb under threat, all in the name of science. Coyote Peterson, the YouTube star who has made a name for himself taking bites and stings from the world’s most deadly critters and creatures took on the Murder Hornet in an episode from 2018.
After scouting the Japanese countryside to find the insect, Peterson uncovers the beast and takes a hit directly to the forearm. Once he takes the sting, the Japanese Giant Hornet’s stinger gets lodged in his arm. “My hand is completely seized up and locked in place. Forearm is incredibly taut, only about 45 seconds have gone by. When the stinger went into my arm, I had this wave — this wave came over me, and I got super dizzy. Almost didn’t feel what was happening. And then the pain was immediately searing.”
Don’t worry, Peterson didn’t die. As he confirms in the video, a single sting is not likely to be deadly, but multiple stings van be fatal.