First giant hornet’s nest found in Washington state in 2021


Agriculture officials found the first giant hornet nest of 2021 in Washington state last week. The nest near Blaine, Washington, is about a quarter of a mile from the first reported giant hornet watch of the year on August 11th. A Washington State tracking team, along with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, found the nest.

WSDA neted, tagged with a tracker and released three hornets. One hornet hatched from the tracking device, another was never located, and one eventually led the team to the nest. Entomologists will now develop their plans to eradicate the nest, which is happening this week. Asian giant hornets, also called murder hornets, are not native to the United States. They are the largest hornets in the world and prey to honey bees and other insects. This is the first known nest to be found this year, and agricultural officials in the Pacific Northwest believe more are undiscovered.

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting and the American Farm Bureau Federation contributed to this report.

First giant hornet’s nest found in Washington state in 2021

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