First ‘Murder Hornet’ Sighting of 2021 Reported in Washington State

First ‘Murder Hornet’ Sighting of 2021 Reported in Washington State

Complex - Life·2021-06-18 14:01

Have the terrifying “murder hornets” returned to the U.S.? Experts aren’t sure.

According to CNN, researchers in Washington state found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle on Wednesday, marking the first “murder hornet” sighting in the U.S. this year. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said this particular insect was discovered “dried out” and had emerged earlier than usual, as male species aren’t spotted until at least July. These factors have led entomologists to believe this hornet was from a previous season, but noted it had different coloring than previously collected specimens in the U.S.

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