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August 23, 2021

Washington state home to murder hornet nest of 2021

The first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 was found in Blaine, Washington, about a week after a live hornet was spotted in the state.

Asian giant hornets are also known as “murder hornets,” primarily because they prey on smaller insects.

The hornets nests are difficult to locate as they tend to remain in forested areas.

“Teamwork has been the key to success with this effort,” said Sven Spichiger, WSDA’s managing entomologist. “Whether it is the public reporting sightings and building traps or state and federal agencies working together, this is really a model for success in invasive species management,” he added.

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