The first giant Asian hornet has been found this year, but not in Whatcom County, where the species has been more common in the past year. A dead male hornet was found in a residential yard in Marysville.
Washington prepares for round two of the Asian giant hornet fight The good news is that it does not appear that the Watcom County hornets or the British Columbian hornets have spread into Snohomish County in any meaningful way. Genetic testing shows that this hornet is not related to the hornets found in northern Washington or British Columbia. Its coloration is also different from these hornets.
Scientists believe that this hornet may have been the only one that entered the area by “arriving” in a container ship. As entomologist Sven Spichiger noted, this has happened many times before.
Nevertheless, state entomologists are puzzled by the fact that male hornets don’t usually show up until July. “The finding is perplexing because it’s too early for the males,” said Dr. Osama El-Lissi of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Giant hornets are not only dangerous to honeybee populations, but also to animals and even humans its venom can kill. Some Asian species are larger and more poisonous than others.