A third ‘killer hornet’ nest has been discovered in Washington state just a day after conservationists wiped out the second nest found this year.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a post Saturday that a team destroyed the nest in northern Whatcom County, near the town of Blaine along the Canadian border — the same region where the first nest was located and destroyed.
Officials are working on plans to eradicate the third nest safely and will release updates “in the next week”.
The first Asian hornet of 2021 was spotted on August 11, and officials quickly tracked down the nest and destroyed it on August 26.
However, finding a third suggests that the rare sightings could become more frequent over the years.
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A third ‘killer hornet’ nest has been discovered in Washington state just a day after conservationists wiped out the second nest found this year
Officials have not yet released details about the third nest, including its size and exact location, but previous nests have been found in dead trees and housed hundreds to thousands of killer hornets.
The other nests are also within a few miles of each other.
The second nest was destroyed on Sept. 11 – no details about the mission have been released.
This year’s first nest was eradicated by teams removing bark and rotting wood from the bottom of an alder tree that provided access to the nest.
The second nest was destroyed on Sept. 11 – no details about the mission have been released. The first Asian hornet of 2021 (pictured) was spotted on August 11, and officials quickly tracked down the nest and destroyed it on August 26.
The nest was discovered after officials captured three hornets and fitted them with tracking devices between August 11 and 17.
In addition to the worker hornets vacuumed from the tree, WSDA employees captured 67 additional hornets in the area with nets during the mission to destroy the nest, which itself had nearly 1,500 hornets in various stages of development.
Part of the alder tree was also cut down and sent to a Washington State University lab in Bellingham for further analysis.
The Asian giant hornets are sometimes called killer hornets because they prey on other bees.
The hornets invade the hives to decapitate adult bees to steal larvae to feed their own young.
And the problem arising from this natural war is that bees are already considered an endangered species in the US.
The nest, located near Blaine in Whatcom County along the Canadian border, was wiped out on Wednesday
Asian hornets were first discovered in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County. The nest, which housed 500 workers and 200 queens, was destroyed during surgery on Oct. 24 (pictured)
Asian hornets were first discovered in the US in 2019 when a hornet was reported in Whatcom County.
The nest, which housed 500 workers and 200 queens, was destroyed during an operation on Oct. 24.
The process began similar to the recent mission — hornets trapped in a cage were tethered with radio trackers.
Although these invasive insects kill honeybees and Native American hornets, they are not particularly aggressive toward humans.
However, their sting is extremely painful and repeated stings, while rare, can be fatal.
Despite this nest having been eradicated, officials say it is imperative that the public continue to help find this invasive species, which can decimate entire hives of honeybees, already besieged by mites, diseases, pesticides and loss of honeybees. food.
In March, Washington state said it was planning for the 2021 murder season, similar to last year’s, with a focus on audience outreach, reporting and traps.
The invasive insect is normally found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries
More than half of confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornets in Washington and all in Canada came from the public, WSDA has previously stated.
The first confirmed detection of the hornet in the US was near Blaine in December 2019 and the first live hornet was captured in July 2020.
The invasive insect is normally found in China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
‘The hornets enter a ‘slaughter phase’ in which they kill bees by decapitating them. Then they defend the hive as their own nest and take the brood to feed their own young,” the WSDA said earlier.
The agency has already killed six or seven hives in Washington state.
Despite their nickname, the hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asia, and experts say it’s probably much less, but they do deliver painful stings to people.
Hornets, wasps and bees typically found in the U.S. kill an average of 62 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Killer Hornet Statistics
Latin name: Vespa mandarin
Adult height: 1 3/4 inch
wingspan: Three inches
stitch length: Quarter inch
Description: Yellow face and large black and yellow striped belly. Big jaws and a noisy flier.
Asian giant hornets are more than twice the size of honeybees and have a wingspan of more than two inches
Natural habitat: Throughout Asia
Venom: It delivers seven times more venom than a honeybee when it stings. This acts as a neurotoxin and can lead to seizures and cardiac arrest. The sting is described as incredibly painful.
Behaviour: Insect emerges in April and nests in the ground. It predates many insects, but mainly targets honey bees.
risks Has a habit of sacking beehives, beheading the workers and stealing the young. The European honey bee has no defense against the invader. Its stings can also be deadly to Americans.