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First ‘murder hornet’ nest eradicated in U.S. [Video]

The Asian giant hornet is pretty much what it sounds like: an enormous, flying insect with a terrifically painful sting.

But on the plus side, the so-called “murder hornets” — that can grow up to two-and-half inches in length — are also large enough to support the long-antenna of a radio transmitter.

That means that if you can trap them, you can track them.

And that’s just what entomologists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture set out to do with this invasive, dangerous species.

This hornet, seen here enjoying a mound of jelly, is carrying a tracking device.

It and others led the hornet-hunters to a tree in Blaine, Washington, last week.

On Saturday, entomologists clad in space-suit like protective gear wrapped up the cavity, and vacuumed out the nest, the first one eradicated in North America.

Sven Spicheger is the Managing Entomologist with the WSDA.

“These particular invasive

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First ‘murder hornet’ nest in US is found near Canadian border

SEATTLE, Wa. — After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It’s the first such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.

Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers as “murder hornets,” were caught in two traps this week and tagged, WSDA spokesperson Karla Sapp said Friday.

One was followed back to its nest on Thursday.

“The nest is inside the cavity of a tree located on private property near an area cleared for a residential home,” Sapp said in an email. “Dozens of the hornets were seen entering and exiting the tree while the WSDA team was present.”

The agency has been keen to find Asian giant hornet nests since the insects’ presence in the United States was first detected

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First ‘murder hornet’ nest in U.S. is found in Blaine

After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It’s the first ever such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.

Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers as “murder hornets,” were caught in two traps this week and tagged, WSDA spokesperson Karla Sapp said Friday.

One was ultimately followed back to its nest on Thursday.

“The nest is inside the cavity of a tree located on private property near an area cleared for a residential home,” Sapp said in an email. “Dozens of the hornets were seen entering and exiting the tree while the WSDA team was present.”

The agency has been keen to find Asian giant hornet nests since the insects’ presence in the United States was first detected in

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Murder Hornet Eludes Washington State Scientists : NPR

The Washington State Department of Agriculture team tracked the Asian giant hornet for about an hour earlier this month, before losing her signal in a forest.

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Agriculture


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The Washington State Department of Agriculture team tracked the Asian giant hornet for about an hour earlier this month, before losing her signal in a forest.

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Agriculture

Researchers have lost track of an Asian giant hornet they were following — a stinging setback in the pursuit to eradicate an invasive species that threatens to decimate North American bee populations.

Washington state officials said this week that they had successfully trapped a live giant hornet, also known as the “murder hornet,” and fitted a tracking device to its belly using dental floss. But not long after they released

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