Killer hornets leave 41 dead and 1,600 injured

The Asian giant hornet or vespa mandarinia is the world's largest hornet

A terrifying plague of deadly insects has killed 41 and left more than 1,600 injured in central China.

The Shaanxi providence’s provincial government said hundreds had suffered from anaphylactic shock and renal fail after being stung by the toxic creatures, which have appeared in swarms since July.

The Asian giant hornet – or Vespa mandarinia – is the largest hornet in the world, and carries an extremely potent venom in its 6mm stinger.

Huge swarms have been witnessed in Ankang, a city where 19 people died. Two neighbouring cities saw another 22 deaths between them, and it is thought that around 37 people remain critical in hospital.