May 18, 2024

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Name it a profitable sting for the ecosystem.

Washington state wildlife officers have captured two Asian big hornet queens — the ringleaders of the so-called “homicide hornets” — after monitoring three of their minions to a nest close to Blaine, Wash., not removed from the Canadian border final week.

Wildlife officers shared a video on Wednesday of the 2 captured queen hornets, alive, and every in their very own glass vials.

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The 2 are both virgin queens or a virgin queen and an previous queen, Washington State Division of Agriculture stated in a Twitter submit accompanying the video.

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The seize of the queens adopted an operation that concerned the state’s entomologists attaching radio trackers to 3 hornets that they had trapped.

The three led the hornet hunters to a nest in a tree final Thursday close to town of Blaine. They wrapped the trunk in plastic wrap till officers in full-body protecting gear vacuumed the hornets out final Saturday.