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US: First male 'murder hornet' captured in Washington state

This past Monday, authorities announced that the first male Asian giant hornet ever detected in the US was recently captured in Washington State. The Asian giant hornet, the world's largest at 2 inches, can destroy entire hives of honeybees and deliver a painful sting to humans.

The hornet was caught in an Asian giant hornet bottle trap near Custer, Washington, where a mated queen was found dead this year and a suspected bee kill was reported in 2019. The trap was collected July 29 and processed in the Washington State Department of Agriculture's entomology lab on August 13. quoted  Sven Spichiger, the WSDA's managing entomologist, as saying: “Trapping a male Asian giant hornet in July initially came as a surprise. But further examination of the research and consultation with international experts confirmed that a few males can indeed emerge early in the season.”

This spring, the WSDA started hunting for Asian giant hornets after two confirmed sightings of the predator.


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