Teachers, not yet a subscriber? For more support materials, visit our Help Center. Access this article and hundreds more like it with a subscription to Science World magazine. One morning in early December , Jeff Kornelis of Blaine, Washington, stepped outside to take his dog for a walk. He looked down and noticed a wasp nearly the length of his pinky finger lying dead on his front porch. The wasp had a bright orange head, gigantic wings, and a tiger-striped abdomen.
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Asian Giant Hornets
By Susan Milius. May 29, at pm. A big, yellow-and-black insect found dead in a roadway near Custer, Wash. Canadian scientists have also confirmed their first giant hornet of , a specimen spotted May 15 in Langley, British Columbia. Raiding parties of several dozen Asian giant hornets can kill whole hives containing thousands of bees in a few hours. Those are just some of the details that make V. Unlike the current sensational invasion, however, that early episode had a happy ending, at least for the people and native insects of North America.
By Susan Milius. July 1, at am. Updated July 14, at pm. Fingers crossed for finding nothing: July marks the main trapping season to check for Asian giant hornets still infesting Washington state. The first of these invasive hornets found in North America in , in June, was probably not from a nest made this year, scientists say.