Nor would I much like any insect described as “the last thing you see before you die.” I make it my practice to avoid any form of insect life that looks like it came straight out of the Book of Revelation.
Those are not hornets. Those are Zanti Misfits.
On the bright side, these… things from hell don’t live in Australia, where almost everything else in nature that wants to kill you lives. One of my abiding memories from a wonderful visit I made to Oz a couple of years ago was of having dinner at my friend Peter’s house and, afterward, the children gathered round to pore over one of their favorite tomes: a big fat book detailing all the different sorts of things in Australia–insect, reptile, fish, and mammal–that seek to inflict grisly death on humans and on each other. It made the laugh of the kookaburra outside the window suddenly seem filled with menacing malice. Australia wants you dead, human!
The children were delighted with the book and it was well-worn and dog-eared. Aussies are a tough breed.