Invasive ‘murder hornets’ found in US for first time

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Hundreds of Asian giant hornets, an invasive, predatory insect dubbed the “murder hornet,” have turned up in Washington state near the Canadian border. The Asian giant, or ?murder? hornet can grow up to two inches long with a sting that delivers a potent neurotoxin. According to the Washington state Department of Agriculture, aside from the danger to humans, the Murder Hornet presents a danger to agriculture and the apiary industry, Spichiger said, because the insect is known to attack honey bees, with a few of the hornets capable of wiping out an entire hive in hours.

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