Second giant ‘murder hornet’ escapes after it was captured by scientists in Washington State

Another “murder” hornet that could have led scientists to its nest has evaded experts once more, following a lost signal.



a hand holding a fork and knife: A live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device using dental floss on October 7 before being released in a photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.


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A live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device using dental floss on October 7 before being released in a photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Last week, scientists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)captured a live Asian giant hornet — known as “murder” hornets for their ability to decimate honeybee populations — and used dental floss to attach a tracking device to its body, which “worked quite well,” said Sven Spichiger, WSDA’s managing entomologist, during a news conference on Monday.

When scientists released the hornet into the wild onto an apple tree, they were initially successful in tracking the insect, but after some time they were unable to locate a signal when

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Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

SEATTLE — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest.

The hornet was captured Oct. 5 and kept alive with strawberry jam, which she seemed to enjoy, said Sven Spichiger, a department entomologist.

Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. They lost track of her after she went through some blackberry bushes, though officials believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal.

“This one was a lot feistier,” Spichiger said.

A total of 18 hornets have been found in the state since

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First Live ‘Murder Hornet’ Captured in the U.S. | Smart News

When residents of northern Washington state noticed Asian giant hornets visiting a paper wasp nest on the eaves of their house, they took quick action. They trapped and photographed two of the so-called ‘murder hornets’ and contacted the Washington State Department of Agriculture, WSDA entomologist Sven Spichiger told reporters in a press conference on October 2.

Later, entomologist Chris Looney visited the property, and another hornet stopped by. Looney captured the hornet in a net, making it the first live Asian giant hornet captured in the United States.

Live captures provide an opportunity that sightings and discovering dead insects do not. The entomologists attempted to glue a tracking device to the live hornet’s back so that they could follow it back to its nest. The W.S.D.A. hopes to eradicate hornet nests before the species establishes itself on the West Coast, where it could find ample habitat, according to new research

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Scientists predict potential spread, habitat of invasive Asian giant hornet

Scientists predict potential spread, habitat of invasive Asian giant hornet
The world’s largest hornet, the Asian giant hornet has been encountered in the Pacific Northwest. New research at Washington State University predicts where the hornet could find suitable habitat, both in the U.S. and globally, and how quickly it could spread, should it establish a foothold. Credit: WSDA

Researchers at Washington State University have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, an invasive newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, popularly dubbed the “murder hornet,” could spread and find ideal habitat, both in the United States and globally.


Sharing their discoveries in a newly published article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team found that if the world’s largest hornet gains a foothold in Washington state, it could spread down much of the west coast of the United States.

The Asian giant hornet could also find suitable habitat throughout the eastern seaboard and populous parts of

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