First 'murder hornet' nest in US found in Blaine

Ruben Fields
October 24, 2020

As if 2020 hasn't been scary enough, the first-ever Asian giant hornet nest in the United States was found by entomologists in Whatcom County on Friday.

"Asian giant hornets, an invasive pest not native to the USA, are the world's largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and other insects", the department's statement read.

Washington state entomologists discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the United States this week, officials said. In total, entomologists were able to tag three hornets with radio trackers, one of which led officials to the the nest on Thursday afternoon.

While murder hornets only actually kill a few dozen people in Asian countries each year, scientists are anxious about what their presence will mean for native honeybee hives in an agricultural area that depends on pollinators.

Agricultural officials in Washington had been searching for the murder hornets' home for weeks.

It was about 300 yards (274 meters) from the traps in the cavity of a tree on private property, officials said. They plan to wipe out the nest this weekend in order to protect the area's native honeybees, which could fall prey to these giant hornets, according to the Associated Press. The team observed dozens of hornets entering and leaving the tree.

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The hornet has also been sighted in the Canadian province of British Columbia, just north of the Washington State border.

In its statement Friday, the department said it discovered the nest after four live hornets were found in two separate traps on October 21 and October 22.

According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a small group of them is capable of killing an entire honey bee hive in a few hours.

The invasive insect is normally found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Who knows where else they might be in America?

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