Experts issue a warning after a giant killer hornet was discovered in Washington.
After a huge killer hornet was spotted in Washington, experts issued a warning.
The discovery of a GIANT MURDER hornet in a new site in the US has experts worried that the invasive species is spreading across the country.
In late 2019 and early 2020, researchers discovered a colony of massive murder hornets known as Vespa mandarinia in British Columbia, near the Canada-US border. One of the species has already been detected in Seattle, Washington, indicating that the invasive species is spreading.
For at least a year, the topic in question had been deceased.
The carcass of the animal was very dry, indicating that it had been deceased for quite some time.
The murder hornet was a male, and male hornets do not emerge from their winter hibernation until July or August, adding to this theory.
These findings indicate that the species has been there for at least a year.
“This new analysis emphasizes the importance of public reporting for all suspected invasive species, but notably for Asian giant hornet,” said Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Sven Spichiger.
The researcher states, “We’ll now be installing traps in the area and encouraging citizen scientists to install traps throughout Snohomish and King counties.”
“None of this would have happened if one alert resident hadn’t snapped a photo and filed a report.”
The hornets are nicknamed as “murder hornets” because each year they kill roughly 50 people.
If a person is allergic, the sting of an Asian hornet is so powerful and filled with venom that it can cause anaphylactic shock and death within minutes of being stung.
Asian Hornets have yellow-tipped legs, dark brown or black velvety bodies, and a dark abdomen, making them smaller than native hornets.
The hornets, which are native to Southeast Asia, were accidentally introduced to France in 2003 and have now migrated to the United Kingdom, with the first case reported in 2016.
In November of this year, the first sightings in the United States were reported.
It’s unknown how they made their way to Europe and North America, but researchers believe it was due to global trade.
The risk of being stung by an Asian hornet is low, according to studies, but it does exist.
Rather, the insects pose a threat to the bee population, which is already in decline.
Brent Sinclair, a Western University biology lecturer, commented, “I.Brinkwire Summary News.”