Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa Mandarinia Spotted First Time In The US Specifically In Washington – Asian giant hornets called “murder hornets,” have been spotted in the United States, specifically in Washington state, scientists say.
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Researchers in the United States have issued a warning about 2-inch-long the world’s largest hornet, which carries a painful, sometimes lethal sting and an appetite for honey bees.
According to the New York Times report, at least one beekeeper, Ted McFall apparently found one of his bee colonies wiped out near Custer, Wash., in November – “thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and no sign of a culprit.”
Even though Ted McFall is not sure that Asian giant hornets were responsible for the plunder of his hive, but Jeff Kornelis spotted a giant hornet two and a half miles to the north of McFall’s property, on a cold morning in early December.
Scientists are now concerned that the hornets have arrived in the United States, as Washington state had four verified reports of the flying menace in December — WSDA verified two reports of the Asian giant hornet late last year near Blaine, Wash. and received two probable, but unconfirmed reports, from sites in Custer, Wash.
“They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face,” said Susan Cobey, bee breeder with Washington State’s Department of Entomology.
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More than two inches long Asian giant hornets, with an orange-yellow head and striped abdomen, are most destructive in the late summer and early fall.
The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia — so-called “murder hornets,” could ‘forever change’ the ecology as the spiked shark fins shaped dangerous insects can wipe out a honeybee hive in a hour, also kill up to 50 people a year in Japan.
“The most likely time to catch Asian giant hornets is from July through October — when colonies are established and workers are out foraging. Traps can be hung as early as April if attempting to trap queens, but since there are significantly fewer queens than workers, catching a queen isn’t very likely,” the Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
“This is our window to keep it from establishing, if we can’t do it in the next couple of years, it probably can’t be done,” said Chris Looney, an entomologist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
“Don’t try to take them out yourself if you see them,” said entomologist Chris Looney. “If you get into them, run away, then call us! It is really important for us to know of every sighting, if we’re going to have any hope of eradication.”
“It’s a shockingly large hornet,” said Todd Murray, Washington State University Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist. “It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honeybees.”