Karla Salp, a public engagement specialist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), was quoted by the New York Post as saying, “It’s a lot easier to fly above the tree canopy and seek for the signal that way rather than trudge through the forest.” On the advice of the Entomological Society of America, the WSDA has adopted has given these insects a new name and will now refer to them as the northern giant hornet (ESA).

The Asian giant hornet has so far had four nests destroyed in the United States since it was first found there in 2019. In the Blaine area of Washington, one nest that was destroyed in 2020 had produced 200 queens and was eliminated “just in the nick of time,” according to CNN . The WSDA is also operating an Citizen Scientist Trapping initiative for deploying bottle traps to capture the northern giant hornet as part of its pest control effort.

They are reputed to be the biggest hornets in the world and can reach a size of 2 inches. They feed on honeybees and can have disastrous effects on agricultural harvests (via WSDA ). These hornets frequently leave a pile of dead bees outside their beehives after an assault, the majority of which are decapitated and decaying. Although it’s typical to see these hornets digging nests in tree cavities, underground colonies are also extremely prevalent.

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