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9/27/13 8:32 AM
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Hong Kong (CNN) -- At least 19 people have been stung to death by hornets -- which may include the world's largest hornet species Vespa mandarinia -- in China's central Shaanxi province in the last three months, according to the city government of Ankang, the apparent epicenter of a recent spate of fatalities and injuries.

A total of 583 people in the area have been stung by hornets since July 1, say city officials. Seventy victims are still recovering in hospitals.

Chen Changlin was hospitalized after being attacked by hornets, while harvesting rice last week.

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"I ran and shouted for help, but the hornets chased me about 200 meters, and stung me for more than 3 minutes," he recounted to the state-run China Youth Daily.

Chen said hornets had first swarmed a woman and child working nearby, who then ran towards him. Both later died from the hornets' toxins.

"The more you run, the more they want to chase you," said another victim, whose kidneys were ravaged by the venom. When he was admitted to the hospital, his urine was the color of soy sauce, according to local reports.

Earlier this month, 30 people -- including 23 primary school children aged between six and eight years -- were injured in a hornet attack in Guangxi province, south of Shaanxi. Their teacher, Li Zhiqiang, told his students to hide under tables as he tried to drive away the insects before he lost consciousness. The school's headmaster told local media that most of the injured suffered stings to their heads, necks, hands and feet.

Nearly 60 students and teachers were injured in a separate incident in the province at the start of the month, according to state media.

Experts say a number of reasons may have contributed to the apparent increase in hornet activity, including the region's recent hot, dry weather, land development and hornet sensitivity to the smell of people.

The Asian killer hornet, which is suspected in these incidents, are formidable, carnivorous killers, according to the non-profit Honeybee Conservancy. The species feed their young with the larvae of other insects and use their talons and mandibles to sever the limbs and heads of their prey. The hornet's venom sting is a neurotoxin so powerful that it dissolves human tissue, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

This week's latest incidents spurred the Ankang city government to hold an emergency video call addressing local concerns. Vice Mayor Lu Qi said he would increase investment in regional hornet control. Mayor Xu Qifang added the city would establish a 24-hour emergency hornet response team.

9/27/13 8:36 AM
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ugh... what a way to go... a yellow jacket almost took me out of the game... would not stand a chance against asian killer hornets...

and couldn't they say his urine was just black? comparing it to soy sauce??
9/27/13 8:43 AM
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That soy sauce blood color, fuck.

9/27/13 8:49 AM
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9/27/13 9:35 AM
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FUCK that.

FUUUUUCK THAT.

No fucking way would I want to live anywhere near that shit.

I'll take the cold of the Northeast US if it means I don't have to ever deal with those motherfuckers...
9/27/13 9:40 AM
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Hornets are cool. Phone Post 3.0
9/27/13 9:42 AM
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Fuck that shit.  I have a phobia of bees, wasps, hornets, etc...   

9/27/13 9:43 AM
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holy shit at the size of that hornet
9/27/13 9:45 AM
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Outlaw'd by Lytle - Hornets are cool. Phone Post 3.0

They are Alpha as fuck. I can readily admit that.

Pound for pound, I'd say they are probably the most Alpha out there...
9/27/13 9:47 AM
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Reminds me of this:

 

9/27/13 9:48 AM
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Japanese hornet, not shopped

 

Shotgun. Fully auto shotgun. Phone Post
9/27/13 10:07 AM
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Hornets side of story:

"they shouldn't have been talking crazy about us on Twitter". Phone Post
9/27/13 10:17 AM
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9/27/13 10:23 AM
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Put me in a hazmat suit and give me some raid, 2 badminton rackets and an AA-12...I'll make them pay. Phone Post 3.0
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9/27/13 11:09 AM
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Outlaw'd by Lytle - Hornets are cool. Phone Post 3.0

They are Alpha as fuck. I can readily admit that.

Pound for pound, I'd say they are probably the most Alpha out there...
A single Hornet can destroy an entire Bee colony, fact.

Interestingly though some bees have developed a defence where they smother the Hornet and eventually it cooks the Hornet causing organ failure. Phone Post 3.0
9/27/13 11:10 AM
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^^If a blue would oblige.... Phone Post 3.0
9/27/13 11:11 AM
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Outlaw'd by Lytle - ^^If a blue would oblige.... Phone Post 3.0
Try again!!!

If a blue would oblige!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuAfbt8-7VE Phone Post 3.0
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Where's Skrillex avoiding the bee? Phone Post 3.0
9/27/13 11:21 AM
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and to think people in north america are afraid of bees, hornets and wasps, to the point of squealing and flailing when 1 is within 5 feet of you.

If you're allergic i understand.

9/27/13 11:41 AM
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9/27/13 12:15 PM
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9/27/13 1:19 PM
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Fuck that shit. Holy shit what a way to die. That would be fucking horrible. Jesus. I am way too stoned to be thinking about this. Phone Post
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9/27/13 3:13 PM
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