Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 2 months ago

Why are Asian giant wasp called murder hornets because they come to the US?

Are we really just going to change their names? I still call them Asian giant wasp because that's what they were called before. Now they come to the US and we really have to call them something else.

5 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    They are intimidatingly large and have caused human fatalities.

    I only know them as Asian giant hornets.

    They are a hornet and female queens can get over 2 inches long, and pack some very potent venom. Not as painful as Pepsis wasp that are nearly as big.

    Only 2 confirmed specimens found in Wa. state, so not like they are established in the US.

  • 2 months ago

    They used to be called Hornets from Hell.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You can still call them by their proper name. If enough people can do that it will catch on.

  • 2 months ago

    Because someone in the media called them murder hornets and it caught on.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They can kill people with their stings. Similar to why some bees are called killer bees. Even though every species SHOULD only have one scientific name but there are often disagreements so that many species in fact have multiple species names, usually because people do not agree as to which genus the species should be placed or whether it is the same species as another population. For example, the Great Plains ratsnake is considered a different species than the corn snake by some but the same species by another. Further, both species may be classified in the genus Elaphe by some but "Pantherophhis" by others. 

    Common names are different. There is no limit as to how many common names a single species may have. The same common name can also be used on more than one species. That is why scientists tend to use scientific names when they communicate. Ironically, some scientists now point out that common names may be more stable because of the taxonomic chaos we are experiencing. The chaos is the result of the urge by many taxonomists to reclassify organisms and give them new names based on philosophical or religious tendencies, such as cladism, not because there is new scientific data to justify the name changes. Some also like to split but others like to lump. Some just like to make a name for themselves by proposing changes. The corn snake therefore is a common name that most people will use and know, even if they may not agree on which scientific name to use.

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