Confirmed Asian Giant Hornet in Washington Will Be Unable to Colonize, USDA Reports

Confirmed Asian Giant Hornet in Washington Will Be Unable to Colonize, USDA Reports

USDA says the Asian Giant Hornet specimen found in Washington was a queen and was mated; thus, if she started a nest, it would not survive without her.

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OLUMPIA, Wash. —  On June 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the confirmed Asian Giant Hornet from the state of Washington was a queen and was mated; thus, if she started a nest, it would not survive without her.
 
This announcement from USDA is the latest development regarding Asian Giant Hornet activity in the state of Washington. As the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported on May 29, USDA confirmed the first sighting of an Asian giant hornet in Washington this year.
 
As WSDA reported, on May 27, a resident near Custer, Wash. found the dead specimen while walking on a roadway. The resident submitted a photo and report using WSDA’s online Hornet Watch Report Form. On May 28, WSDA entomologists concluded that the photo appeared to show an Asian giant hornet. The specimen was collected and submitted for laboratory testing the same day. State and federal labs confirmed that the specimen was an Asian giant hornet on May 29. 
 

The hornet was detected near the location of a suspected Asian giant hornet bee kill in 2019. WSDA had already planned trapping in the area and will maintain that plan to try to find any colony that may be there.

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture