Washington resident finds first Asian giant hornet of 2021 in Snohomish Co.

Washington Resident Finds First Asian Giant Hornet Of 2021 In Snohomish Co.
2021 Asian giant hornet

SNOHOMISH CO., Wash. — A Washington resident was the first this year to find an Asian giant hornet, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

According to the WSDA, the resident found the dead hornet near Marysville in Snohomish County and submitted the report on June 4.

The WSDA found that the male hornet had different coloring than the previously collected hornets in Canada and Whatcom County last year. They appear to be unrelated.

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Given the time of year, that it was a male and that the insect was dried out, entomologists believe that it is an old hornet from a previous season that was not discovered until now.

According to WSDA, there is no obvious pathway for how the hornet got to Marysville.

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The WSDA is set to discuss the findings at a press conference at 11 a.m.