Invasive 'murder hornet' spotted in US for first time

First “murder horn” caught in Washington state

Scientists have been trying to catch invasive insects and prevent an infestation since they were first detected in the state last year. More than two inches long, the horns get their nickname from their propensity to attack and kill bees and potentially humans.

So far, five giant horns had been officially seen in the state. This is the first to be found in a trap, according to a Press release.

Officials announced Friday that they had identified the Asian giant’s horn earlier this week from a trap collected near Birch Bay on July 14th.

“This is encouraging because it means we know the traps work,” Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist with the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA), said in the announcement. “But it also means we have work to do.”

The job includes searching for nests with infrared cameras and setting more traps, the ad said. The state Department of Agriculture plans to deploy special traps to catch horns and keep them alive so they can be tagged and tracked in their colonies. Once the agency finds the colonies, they will destroy them.

The hope is to find the nest in mid-September before the colony begins creating new breeding queens and drones, according to the statement.

Scientists are not sure how this gigantic urge originating in Asia ended in Washington state.

Possibilities include international container ships, purchases shipped to the United States, travelers visiting the United States or returning from another country, the state he says on his website.
Washington state agricultural officials are asking beekeepers and residentsimport any sightings from the giant horns. According to the statement, August and September are the most likely to be detected.

But don’t get too close

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