The first Asian giant hornet nest discovered in the U.S.
On Thursday the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. was found by entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture in Blaine.
BLAINE, Wash.—At Whatcom County, the Washington State Departement of Agriculture (WSDA) announced Friday morning, the first Asian giant hornet nest in the United States has been created.
The nest on private land in Blaine was discovered by WSDA entomologists around 4 p.m. Thursday.-Thursday. The agency said that the nest was located in a tree cavity next to a residential home clear field.
The WSDA expected at 14:00. Friday press conference to share more nest detail.
Two live hornets in the area were captured on Wednesday by the agency. On Thursday another trap was used to detect 2 more live hornets when personnel returned to the area in an effort to track the insects back to the nest to connect radiotracers to the previously trapped cornets. Three of the horns were linked to the WSDA workers and one was followed to the newly discovered nest.
“Dozens” of hornets entered and left the tree while a WSDA team was in attendance. Asian giant hornets normally nest in the ground, but the department also says that invasive insects nest in dead trees.
The WSDA is going on Saturday to try to eliminate the nest. The owner of the property has approved the WSDA to destroy the nest and, if necessary, to remove the tree.
First discovered in Washington state in 2019 the Asian giant hornet, since then WSDA has been pursuing invasive species that kill bees and feed their own young bee larvae.
In the last few months in Whatcom County, at least 15 Asian giant hornets have been identified. The state has sought to identify nests and eliminate invasive pesticide.
WSDA scientists sponsored by the University of Washington earlier this month used dental floss to secure an Asian giant hornet from a small Bluetooth unit, caught by a resident near Blaine.
The Bluetooth tracker was aimed at leading investigators to the nest of the hornets. It worked, but it didn’t work for long.
Sven Spichiger, an entomologist for WSDA, said that, “Unfortunately we missed the signal, but really pleased how well it operated. “We might have four groups of people flying around the hornet.”
Researchers had been attempting to attach a tracker to another Asian giant hornet earlier this month, but the glue stopped the hornet from flying into his nest.
The WSDA asks public opinion to report any sightings of Asian giant horns and asks people to pay special attention to flight directions that could assist researchers in locating the location of a nest.
The Department cautions residents when you see one, as they bite more than indigenous bees and hornets, and their venom is more dangerous. They will bite repeatedly. Officials said, however, that the invasive hornets pose no major threat to people and animals.
Experts predict that if allowed to fly free, the aggressive and invasive species will only spread throughout the Northwest.