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Washington State Trapped Its First ‘Murder Hornet'

Posted On: Aug 1, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

Washington State Trapped Its First ‘Murder Hornet'

The Washington State Department of Agriculture trapped its first Asian giant hornet - also referred to as a “murder hornet” - in July, the department announced Friday.
The largest species of hornets in the world, “murder hornets” attack honeybee hives by entering a “slaughter phase” in which they decapitate bees and take their hive as their own, feeding the dead bee thoraxes to their young, according to the WSDA. Officials worry that the invasive species could severely hurt Washington state's - and the U.S.'s - bee population, which would in turn damage crops that depend on bee pollination. “Murder hornets” had never been seen in the U.S. until December when the WSDA verified four sighting in Washington. (Canada also reported sightings in British Columbia last the fall, per the WSDA. )
“Murder hornets” became an internet sensation back in May when news of the fight to contain them first went viral.
“This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work,” Sven Spichiger, managing...

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