THE Chinese military has shown off flamethrowers used to wipe out swarms of so-called murder hornets.

The People’s Liberation Army has released new images of its troops training with the terrifying weapons, which were first seen on the battlefield in WWI.

According to reports from Beijing, the army is still using flamethrowers – even though they are seen as outdated by the rest of the world.

And they have come in handy after being used to incinerate a killer nest of ultra-aggressive Asian giant hornets.

Popular Mechanics reveals the military moved into action to destroy a five-foot-wide nest in a tree more than 100 feet in the air.

Hornets from the nest had reportedly killed one person before locals raised the alert in the town of Jiangjin Tsz Wan Yuen Tsuen.

Back in 2013, dozens of children were hospitalised with severe organ failure after being attacked by the hornets in China.

Some were stung more than 200 times, according to doctors.

'Murder hornets' kill around 50 people in Asia every year – and have now been seen in the US and Canada.

The giant hornets, native to the tropical climates in East Asia, are more than two inches long and can fly faster than 20mph.

They have orange and black stripes that extend down their bodies like a tiger, and wings like a dragonfly.

The insects also have a large stinger filled with venom that contains a neurotoxin, which is capable of causing both cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock.

One victim described the sting as "having red-hot thumbtacks being driven into my flesh."

They can chew through human skin and kill with a single strike, experts have warned.

They pose a grave threat not just because of their sting but because they are also prone to ripping the heads off bees – which are vital to our ecosystem.

Scientists are still not certain how they arrived in North America in the first place.

“Just like that, it’s forever different,” said Washington State University Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist Todd Murray in a WSU statement in April.

“We need to teach people how to recognize and identify this hornet while populations are small, so that we can eradicate it while we still have a chance.”




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