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By Grace McCarthy
The Northern Light 

Over 200 queens found in Asian giant hornet nest


Last updated 11/13/2020 at 4:12pm

Courtesy of WSDA

WSDA entomologist Chris Looney pumps carbon dioxide before opening the Asian giant hornet nest on October 29 in a Washington State University lab in Puyallup.

Over 500 Asian giant hornets were found in the east Blaine nest eradicated on October 24, state entomologists confirmed this week.

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists opened the nest at a Washington State University lab in Puyallup to find hundreds of hornets at various stages in their life cycle. Despite the number of hornets, entomologists think few, if any, queens made it out of the nest to form a new colony.

"If any queens had already left the nest, it was a few and very early," said Sven Spichiger, WSDA managing entomologist, in a November 10 press conference. "We'll know a little bit more when we measure each cell and make a determination about what a queen cell looks like versus a worker cell. As far as we can tell, we got there just in time."

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