A third nest of murder hornets is found in Washington State
A third “murder hornet’s nest” was discovered in Washington State just a day after the second nest was eradicated that year.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a post that a team destroyed the nest Saturday in northern Whatcom County, near the town of Blaine on the Canadian border – the same region where the first nest was located and was demolished.
Officials are working on plans to safely eradicate the third nest and will post updates “next week.”
The first Asian hornet of 2021 was sighted on August 11, and officials quickly located the nest and destroyed it on August 26.
However, finding a third suggests that the rare sightings could become more common over the years.
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A third “murder hornet’s nest” was discovered in Washington State just a day after the second nest was eradicated that year
Officials have not yet released details about the third nest, including size and location, but previous nests have been found in dead trees and have housed hundreds to thousands of murder hornets.
The other nests were also only a few kilometers apart.
The second nest was destroyed on September 11th – details of the mission were not disclosed.
The first nest that year was wiped out by teams removing bark and rotten wood near the bottom of an alder that provided access to the nest.
The second nest was destroyed on September 11th – details of the mission were not disclosed. The first Asian hornet of 2021 (pictured) was spotted on August 11, and officials quickly located the nest and destroyed it on August 26.
The nest was discovered after officials caught three hornets between August 11 and 17 and equipped them with tracking devices.
In addition to the worker hornets sucked off the tree, WSDA employees caught 67 other hornets in the area with nets during the mission to destroy the nest, which itself had almost 1,500 hornets in various stages of development.
Some of the alder was also felled and sent to a laboratory at Washington State University in Bellingham for further analysis.
The Asian giant hornets are sometimes called murder hornets because they hunt other bees.
The hornets invade beehives to decapitate adult bees, to steal larvae to feed their own young.
And the problem that arises from this natural war is that bees are already considered an endangered species in the US.
The nest near Blaine in Whatcom County on the Canadian border was wiped out on Wednesday
Asian hornets were first spotted in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County. The nest, which housed 500 workers and 200 queens, was destroyed in an operation on October 24th (picture)
Asian hornets were first spotted in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County.
The nest, which housed 500 workers and 200 queens, was destroyed in an operation on October 24th.
The process began similarly to the recent mission – hornets trapped in a cage were tied down with radio trackers.
Although these invasive insects kill honey bees and native US hornets, they are not particularly aggressive towards humans.
However, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stitches, although rare, can be fatal.
Despite the fact that this nest has been wiped out, officials say it is imperative that the public continues to help find this invasive species that can decimate entire hives of honeybees that are already suffering from mites, disease, pesticides and food loss be besieged.
In March, Washington State said it had plans for the 2021 murder hornet season, similar to last year, emphasizing public outreach, reporting and trapping.
The invasive insect is usually found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries
More than half of the confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornets in Washington and all in Canada came from the public, the WSDA previously stated.
The first confirmed record of the hornet in the US was made near Blaine in December 2019, and the first live hornet was caught in July 2020.
The invasive insect is usually found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.
“The hornets enter a“ slaughter phase ”in which they kill bees by decapitating them. Then they defend the hive as their own and take the brood to feed their own young, ”the WSDA said earlier.
The agency has already killed six or seven beehives in Washington state.
Despite their nickname, the hornets kill a few dozen people a year at most in Asia, and experts say it is likely far fewer, but they do bring painful stings to people.
Hornets, wasps, and bees, typically found in the United States, kill an average of 62 people a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Murder hornet statistics
Latin name: Vespa mandarins
Adult length: 1 3/4 in
span: Three inches
Stitch length: Quarter of an inch
Description: Yellow face and large black and yellow striped belly. Big jaws and a loud flier.
Asian giant hornets are more than twice the size of honeybees and have a wingspan of more than three inches
Natural habitat: All over Asia
Poison: It delivers seven times more venom than a honey bee when it stings. This acts as a neurotoxin and can lead to seizures and cardiac arrest. The sting is described as incredibly painful.
Behavior: The insect hatches in April and nests in the ground. It is older on many insects, but is particularly aimed at honey bees.
Risks Has a habit of looting beehives, beheading the workers, and stealing the young. The European honey bee has no defense against the invader. His stings could be fatal to Americans too.