Updated May 8. According to the WA State Dept of Agriculture, " In December 2019, WSDA received and verified two reports of Asian Giant Hornet near Blaine. ...If it becomes established, this hornet will have negative impacts on the environment, economy, and public health of Washington State." Stings are extremely painful, and can be lethal for people. The evil hornets also decimate honeybees and their hives. Residents are asked to report Giant Hornet sightings with photos ideally, which are posted to a public map and reviewed by an entomologist. There is one submission of a photo in the Washougal area. The photos have now been reviewed with this entomologist note, "This is a species of Sphecius, commonly known as cicada killer wasp" At the website, a size comparison chart shows this wasp, and other wasps, hornets and bees. ) https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets/size-comparisons The website includes photos and video about this invasive insect we should all be watching for. https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets
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