Murder Hornets Found in Washington State

The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. Their queens can grow to be two inches long and their quarter-inch stingers can pierce normal beekeeping attire. They live underground in forested areas and tend not to target humans. As of May 2020, murder hornets have only been found on Vancouver Island and in Washington State. There had been no sightings in Oregon as of that time. Helmuth Rogg with the Oregon Department of Agriculture affirmed the current status, stating “the Asian giant hornet is NOT known to occur in Oregon. We have not seen any evidence or have received any images or specimens that confirm their presence here in Oregon.” (May 12, 2020) History in the Northwest When a bee keepe

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