Washington state officials lose ‘feisty’ murder hornet in tracking effort

Washington state officials lose ‘feisty’ murder hornet in tracking effort


Washington state officials lost track of a “feisty” murder hornet in a failed effort to find and destroy a nest of the invasive pests.

The state department of agriculture tried to track the female Asian giant hornet after capturing her on Oct. 5 and keeping her alive with strawberry jam, which she appeared to enjoy, department entomologist Sven Spicher told the Associated Press.

Scientists tied a tracking device to her body and let her fly free two days later, releasing her onto an apple tree.

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After the hornet flew through some blackberry bushes, officials lost track of her — though they believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal.

“This one was a lot feistier,” Spicher said.

Eighteen hornets have been found in the state since they were first discovered near the US-Canadian border last year, according to the agriculture department.

This wasn’t the first time a hornet has slipped off the radar for

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