Any Asian giant hornets that may still be in Washington would be hibernating right now, but there is no winter rest for the state researchers who are busy learning about them.
That research led state entomologists to an important discovery about the origin of the hornets that were eradicated this past year.
Since the hornets were first discovered in 2019, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has eradicated four nests — one in October 2020, and three in summer 2021. All of the nests were located within a few miles of each other, east of Blaine.
Each fall, as the hornets in the old nest die off, queens mate
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