Volunteers trapping for Asian giant hornets next year won't be asked to mail in all the insects they catch, Washington State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Karla Salp said Thursday.
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An Asian giant hornet trap in a tree. Next year, the department won't ask volunteer trappers to send traps' contents each week.
The department has destroyed one nest, containing about 500 hornets in various life stages. It suspects there are at least several more nests in northwest Washington.
An Asian giant hornet removed from a nest split open Oct. 29 by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The department hopes to find a…
The Washington State Department attracts Asian giant hornets to traps baited with a generic wasp lure developed by a USDA entomologist. A USDA…
USDA research entomologist Jackie Serrano said Thursday that ARS will try to chemically replicate hornet pheromones in time for next year's trapping season.
Queens over-winter in the ground or sometimes in straw heaps. Each queen excavates a cavity near the surface of the ground in moist soil. The entrance of the cavity is plugged and the queen passes the winter hanging from the top of the chamber. The queens emerge during April and each founds its nest alone. Nest foundation is from mid to late May, with the first workers emerging in late June. Workers usually start foraging when two to three days old. As the workers start foraging the queen usually ceases the extranidal activities of food and nest material collection in the space of a few days. Intranidal activities of the queen in feeding the larvae and nest building gradually decrease with the emergence of the workers but usually cease after about 30 days. Further workers are reared in
Do you live in Washington State and want to help protect our state from the Asian giant hornet? If so, you may be interested in becoming a cit…
Asian giant hornet look-alikes in the West.