A giant murder hornet next to a beehive

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) scientists eliminated 98 murder hornets (Vespa mandarinia) when they destroyed the first hive ever to found in the United States, per Associated Press (AP).

These insects can deliver painful stings to humans, and in rare instances, as its name suggests, can be deadly, New York Post reported.

The Fight Is Far From Over 

On its website, WSDA informed that the insect colony was found in a tree on private property in Blaine.

The Insectologists donned protective suits and vacuumed dozens of the world’s largest – Asian giant hornets on Saturday.

In addition, entomologists have secured 13 live specimens with a net, New York Post reported.

On the WSDA website, Director Derek Sandison thanked the team for its “careful planning and hard work.”

Director Sandison also expressed thanks to all those who have put in the effort to make the undertaking “successful.”

“Our Pest Program team, the landowners, WSDA staff, Washington State University, and the University of Washington” made the eradication “successful,” Sandison said.

Although we have carried out our first hive extermination, “this fight is not over,” WSDA spokeswoman Karla Salp said on Monday.

WSDA uploaded a video of the hive eradication on Twitter.

Off the Market

The public questioned what will happen to the captured live, murder hornets.

Karla Salp responded, “the WSDA is not selling any Asian giant hornet specimens.″ 

Various researchers, consequently, will receive the live specimens, said Salp, per AP.

A Murder hornet next to a normal sized hornet

Murder Hornets: What do Scientists Know About Them

These venomous hornets can grow up to two inches (5.08 cm) long.

Not to mention, they can completely obliterate entire hives of its favorite prey- honeybees, the Post reported.

Shunichi Makino studies wasps and bees at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute describes how painful its sting is.

Makino said the sensation of its sting is like being pricked by a “red-hot needle,” according to National Geographic.

Justin Schmidt, an entomologist at the University of Arizona’s Southwestern Biological Institute, also described Vespa mandarinia’s venom toxicity.

It has “greater” toxicity than “most other stinging insects,” says Schmidt.

Schmidt not only studied the hornets but also developed the Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects, according to Nat Geo.

Venomous But Edible For Some 

Japanese consider the Asian giant hornet a delectable treat, according to CNet.

Chubu region residents love eating the murder hornet so much that they throw an edible-wasp festival annually.

With the pandemic that’s already a huge threat to our survival, would anyone be willing to try and consume this insect? 

Well, if you can’t beat them, just eat them.

Also, what if there is some use for the Asian giant hornet sting?


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