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  • Who: Asian Giant Hornet

  • What: Largest species of wasp

  • Where: Japan

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is native to the mountains of Japan and can grow to be 5.5 cm (2.2 in) long, with a wingspan of approximately 7.6 cm (3 in). Its sting is about 0.6 cm (0.25 in) long and can inject a venom so powerful that it dissolves human tissue.


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