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Third Asian giant 'murder hornet' nest of 2021 found in Washington state

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/13/2021 Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY
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After officials destroyed the second Asian giant hornet nest of 2021, a third one was found in Washington state.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture tweeted Saturday that it planned to eradicate the third nest and would have more updates in the next week.

The year's first Asian giant hornet nest was destroyed in August after it was found at the base of a tree in Whatom County. Agriculture department employees had put trackers on three of the hornets in hopes it would lead them to a nest.

a close up of an insect: An Asian giant hornet, more commonly known as a "murder hornet," can be seen eating jam. This particular insect is among the several specimens found in Washington state in 2020. © Washington State Dept of Agriculture An Asian giant hornet, more commonly known as a "murder hornet," can be seen eating jam. This particular insect is among the several specimens found in Washington state in 2020.

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The nest was found 2 miles from a nest found in 2020, and almost 1,500 hornets were found in various developmental stages, according to a news  release from the agriculture department. 

The department is asking people to report sightings of the invasive species. The hornets were first reported in the U.S. in 2019 near Blaine, Washington.

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Asian giant hornets are the largest hornets in the world, up to 2 inches long, and got their "murder hornet" name for being the cause of up to 50 deaths a year in Japan where they are commonly found. "Murder hornets" also will kill bees and other insects.

No murder hornet deaths have been reported in the U.S. 

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Third Asian giant 'murder hornet' nest of 2021 found in Washington state

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