This dried-out male “homicide hornet” was present in June 2021 in Washington state.


Washington State Division of Agriculture

The primary confirmed report of 2021 of an Asian large hornet — a worrisome and invasive species within the US and Canada — is now in. The big flying bugs have earned the nickname “homicide hornets” for his or her venom and the best way they devastate bee populations by decapitating the smaller bugs.

A resident in Snohomish County found the primary hornet of 2021 and the Washington State Division of Agriculture (WSDA) and US Division of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed it was a male of the species. The situation of the lifeless, dried-out hornet led to questions on its origin.

“The discover is perplexing as a result of it’s too early for a male to emerge,” stated Osama El-Lissy, deputy administrator for the USDA Plant Safety and Quarantine program, in a WSDA assertion on Wednesday. In 2020, males started rising in late July. Entomologist suspect the hornet could also be an previous one from a earlier season.

Whereas the hornets are unhealthy information for bees, they may also be harmful to people. The bugs have lengthy stingers, can sting a number of instances and may be lethal to folks. Final yr, the WSDA famously positioned and destroyed a homicide hornet nest as a part of an effort to eradicate the invaders.

“We’ll now be setting traps within the space and inspiring citizen scientists to lure in Snohomish and King counties,” stated WSDA managing entomologist Sven Spichiger. “None of this might have occurred with out an alert resident taking the time to snap a photograph and submit a report.”

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