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First 'murder hornet' nest found in the US

By T.K. Randall
October 24, 2020 · Comment icon 44 comments

The species is enormous. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Justin Lindsay / Flickr
A nest of enormous invasive wasp-like insects has reportedly been discovered for the first time on US soil.
More commonly known as the Asian giant hornet, these enormous insects have already proven a problematic invasive species in Europe and now they are threatening to invade the US as well.

Measuring 1.8 inches long and with a venomous stinger quarter-of-an-inch in length, the Asian giant hornet can actually prove lethal to humans and is responsible for up to 50 deaths a year in Japan.

In addition, these predatory insects are known to attack honey bees which (unlike their Japanese counterparts) have no innate defense against them.

As a result, even a small number of hornets can totally devastate an entire honey bee colony.

Now a recent report out of Washington state has revealed that a nest of these unsettling insects has been found in Blaine - a city near the Canadian border to the north of Seattle.
Wildlife authorities had been searching for the nest for weeks and they finally managed to determine its location by attaching a tracking device to one of the hornets after it was caught in a trap by a worker at the Washington state Agriculture Department.

The nest itself was located inside a tree on a private property.

It still remains unclear exactly how the species - which is typically found in China, Japan, Thailand and other eastern countries - actually managed to make its way to the United States.

The race is now on to eliminate the insects before they manage to gain a strong foothold.

Footage of the nest can be viewed below.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (44)

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Comment icon #35 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 4 years ago
This article seems a bit more level headed.
Comment icon #36 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 4 years ago
By far the largest threat is the decimation of the local honey bee populations rather than worry so much about people getting stung.  The general seems to be that yes the venom is... Venomous... But really nothing special in regards to being a threat to humans. You're still just as likely to die from a sting if you're allergic, doesn't matter what you get stung by.  I mean don't go petting the ****ers and I think we'll be aight 
Comment icon #37 Posted by Nuclear Wessel 4 years ago
Comment icon #38 Posted by InconceivableThoughts 4 years ago
I have no clue why but this insect mob murder gave me immense satisfaction.
Comment icon #39 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
I can put up a good fight against them with 5 liters of petrol and a tennis racket.
Comment icon #40 Posted by godnodog 4 years ago
the problem is not the amount of people they kill, the problem is that a swarm can kill you, and due to its size a lower number of bees  might be enough.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Festina 4 years ago
Women at work.! That was GREAT!  Thanks.. All honey bee workers are girls...the males only exist to impregnate the queen and then they die. Very sad nature story but nature is a harsh mistress.  The tune is fitting..(valkyries are female warriors)             
Comment icon #42 Posted by Festina 4 years ago
Me too.  
Comment icon #43 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
i guess"murder"hornets  is a bit more catchy than "Just doin what they are put on this earth to do"hornets
Comment icon #44 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago

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