First Live Asian Giant ‘Murder Hornet’ of 2021 Seen in Washington State
The first live Asian giant “murder hornet” of 2021 has been spotted in Washington state — and it was caught in the act of living up to its name, attacking a wasp nest.
Entomologists on Thursday confirmed the report of Vespa mandarinia — the world’s largest hornet and a worrisome invasive species that originates fromEast Asia and Japan — by aperson in a rural area east of the town of Blaine, south of Vancouver, British Columbia, near the Canadian border.
“This hornet is exhibiting the same behavior we saw last year – attacking paper wasp nests,” state entomologist Sven Spichiger said in a news release from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
The location of the sighting confirmed on Thursday is only about 2 miles from where the first Asian giant hornet nest was eradicated in October.
In June, a “slightly dried out, dead specimen” of the hornet was discovered on someone’s lawn in the town of Marysville, Wash., north of Seattle and about 60 miles south of Blaine.