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First 'murder hornet' nest found in the U.S.

Asian Hornet
Posted at 12:01 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:12:54-04

BLAINE, Wash. — Months after the first Asian giant hornets were found in the U.S., they are now making themselves at home in the country.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced Friday it has found the first Asian giant hornets nest in the U.S. inside a tree near a residential home. Radio trackers placed on previously-identified hornets allowed entomologists to find the nest Thursday afternoon.

Also called "murder hornets" because of their size (up to 2 inches long) and ability to destroy entire honey bee hives in just hours, the appearance of the first Asian giant hornet nest shows they are not going away anytime soon.

The property owner has allowed officials to take the nest from the tree.