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