Giant "murder" hornet spotted in U.S. for the first time a threat to growers that use pollinators
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Giant "murder" hornet spotted in U.S. for the first time a threat to growers that use pollinators

The gigantic insect kills bees and can quickly wipe out entire colonies.

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According to a report from CBS News, a giant bee-killing species of hornet has been spotted in Washington state, the first sighting ever in the U.S. The report indicates that the roughly 2-inch long insect, Vespa mandarinia, (the Asian giant hornet) decapitates bees en masse and takes over their colonies in short order. Read the full report here.

For instructions from the Washington State Department of Agriculture on trapping these pests, click here