Washington State Caught Their First Murder Hornet
Remember 2020's major plot hole, the Murder Hornets? Well, apparently their storyline is picking back up.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture announced Friday that they trapped their first Asian giant hornet back on July 14th. This is a big step towards removing them from the country before they damage the North American bee population beyond repair.
"This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work," Sven Spichiger, managing WSDA entomologist said. "But it also means we have work to do."
"Murder Hornets" are the size of an average thumb, with sharp, serrated jaws and a stinger strong enough to pierce denim.
"It kind of seems like someone just stitched together a bunch of nightmares and just ran with it," another entomologist said.
Coyote Peterson wasn't worried about them though, and showed what getting stung is like.
In Japan, up to 50 deaths a year occur from murder hornet attacks.
Asian giant hornets hunt for honeybees by sending out a single drone, who checks out the hives, and then comes home to get his friends and come back. Japanese bees have developed a defense plan against the hornets, where they dogpile on the hornet and shake until enough heat is generated to essentially bake the hornet alive. It's actually pretty badass.
If the WSDA can live trap the hornets, they'll be able to track them back to their hive, where they can wipe out the colony in one swoop.
Anyone other than me can have the job of killing a whole hive of those bastards.
Read more at NPR