What do hornets eat?[Facts About Asian Killer Hornet Facts – 2021]

picture of giant hornet being measured

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), also called the Asian Killer Hornet or Japanese giant hornet is the world’s largest hornet. It is native to temperate and tropical Southeast Asia, and parts of the Russian Far East. It is also found in the Pacific Northwest of North America as of late 2019, with additional sightings in 2020 and 2021, drawing concern that it … Read more

The Murder Hornets Are Back, And This Time They’re Really Mad

close up photo of murder hornet

Just when we thought murder hornets had faded from the headlines for good, they’re back again and deadly as ever. In recent days, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first report of a live Asian giant hornet. Also known as murder hornets for their tendency to, you know, murder honeybees, humans, and other insects—in … Read more

“I was more worried about getting permanent nerve damage”

The scientist charged with vacuuming up a nest of “murder hornets” has said that he feared permanent nerve damage from squirted venom over their toxic stinger. Chris Looney, an entomologist with the Washington state department of agriculture, “I was more worried about getting permanent nerve damage in the eye from the squirted venom than being … Read more

Virgin Queen Captured in Washington State

Two murder hornet queens that escaped last weekend’s vacuuming of their nest in a Washington State tree have been captured. The Washington Department of Agriculture said at least one of the queens is a “virgin,” meaning it was still developing the reproductive system that would allow it to lay eggs and populate a colony. Entomologists used radio … Read more