Larval stage of Murder Hornet (Bastardus bastardus). Don’t try to pet it.

The ‘Murder Hornet’, Up Close

Murder hornets stinging their way through a helmet. Through such attacks, many a knight fell on the battlefield, his breast crimson with blood, as his fair lady knelt and lamented, and his dog howled mournfully. Through want of a stout heart and a ready sword, wars were lost, kingdoms fell and the course of history was changed.
A vision of the apocalypse: Murder Hornets are watched in dread by one of their victims, who has gone insane from the venom and thinks he’s in a commedia del arte play.

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Richard Von Busack

Richard Von Busack

Former film critic for Metro Newspapers in San Jose for a frightening number of years.