The first Asian giant Hornet (aka Murder Hornet) was discovered in 2021 in Washington State

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the first living Asian giant, the Hornet (nickname: assassin), was spotted in the state this year. in a press release.

Yes, I have returned the murder hornet to BS. And by chance, I write this about an hour after a normal-sized (huge) wasp wandered into my kitchen and I had to throw it out with a broom handle and a lot of swearing.

You may remember last year when many of us were was introduced to the Asian giant Hornet after it was first discovered in the United States. The The WSDA violated the first sample last August and destroyed his first Asian giant Hornet’s nest in October. I urge you to read this bulletin of the destruction event, as it is incredibly satisfying to read the heroic story of an entomologist. Example:

In total, 98 worker hornets were removed by entomologists from the WSDA pest program. During early morning excavation, 85 hornets were vacuumed from the nest and a further 13 live hornets were collected with a net observing the nest.

Hell, entomologists.

The first assassination monster was spotted in Washington on August 11, 2021, through a resident Whatcom County, near the Canadian border. The WSDA confirmed it was the Asian giant Hornet a day later, thanks to a photo of Hornet attacking a paper wasp nest in rural Blaine east of Washington.

“This hornet has the same behavior as last year – it attacks paper wasp nests,” WSDA chief entomologist Sven Spichiger said in a statement. “If your property has paper wasp nests and you live in the area, keep an eye on them and report all the Asian giant bears you see. Also note the direction they are flying. ”

Yes, definitely notice which direction they are flying and then the other direction. Quickly.

Only review: The Asian giant Hornet can grow to two inches in length. Hornets are invasive pests that tear the heads of bees and then feed the body to their chicks. They can fly at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, and their stings are long enough to pierce most beekeeping suits. According to the WSDA, a small group of them can kill an entire beehive in “a few hours.”

For comparison (prepare yourself):

Washington State Department of Agriculture

The WSDA says it places live traps in the area where this nest was found and tries to get the living Hornet to mark it and trace it to its nest. The Canadian authorities are doing the same because the observation was so close to the border. According to the WSDA, half of its confirmed reports and all the reports from the Canadian authorities came from the public, so good work for everyone, at least we keep an eye on them. However, they have not caught a single live killer deer so far this year.

If you live in the state of Washington and you see an Asian giant bear, don’t be a hero; take a picture and upload it agr.wa.gov/hornets or by email hornets@agr.wa.gov (lol hornets have their own email address) and let the professionals take care of things.

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