Scientists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture say they’ve found the first so-called live murder hornet for the year.
In a news release Thursday, entomologists say the Asian giant hornet was seen about a kilometre from the U.S.-Canada border.
They say the hornet was reported by a Whatcom County resident on Wednesday and confirmed the following day where a photograph showed it attacking a paper wasp nest, about three kilometres from where the department eradicated a nest last October.
They say U.S. and B.C. officials will be setting up traps in the area to catch a live hornet, tag it and track it back to its nest.
The five-centimetre-long invasive insects are the world’s biggest hornets and prey on honey bees and other hornets — a small group can kill an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours.
While they are not particularly aggressive toward humans, in rare cases a person stung repeatedly by murder hornets could die.
The Canadian Press
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