The Asian giant hornet, popularly known as the “murder hornet,” has been a source of increasing worry in the United States. The hornet — the world’s largest — can decimate entire hives of honeybees, which are necessary to pollinate many crops in the northwestern U.S. They can deliver painful stings to humans.
Now the problematic species is causing even more trouble. They’ve outfoxed human captors — twice.
In October 2020, scientist from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) affixed tracking devices to two of the invasive species and set them loose. The plan: Follow the buzzing bug back to a nest and destroy it. But things didn’t go exactly as the humans had hoped.
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