Episode 2: Murder Hornets!

Episode 2: Murder Hornets!

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The Asian giant hornet showed up in the media and spread like wildfire. We talk about what it is, why it’s confused with the Asian hornet and how did that cause such a convoluted story? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss these creatures, what they are, why there was so much confusion around them, and what the general population needs to do about them.


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