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'Murder' hornet found near Abbotsford prompts warning from B.C. Agriculture Ministry

A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The British Columbia agriculture ministry says one so-called murder hornet was detected northwest of Abbotsford on Monday.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
November 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The British Columbia Agriculture Ministry says one so-called murder hornet was discovered near Abbotsford on Monday.

The ministry is warning beekeepers and residents to report sightings of the invasive hornets, a few of which can kill an entire honeybee hive within hours.

The hornets can reach up to five centimetres in length with a wingspan of four to seven centimetres and are normally found in China, Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries.

READ MORE: Scientists remove 98 'murder hornets' in Washington state

The province says in a release that single hornets were found in White Rock and Langley in 2019 and again in Langley earlier this year, though a nest has never been found in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

A nest was found and destroyed in Nanaimo last year and last week entomologists destroyed a nest of giant hornets near Blaine, Wash., not far from the border with B.C.

The U.S. experts removed 98 hornets from the nest found in a tree, and a video posted to Facebook by the Washington state agriculture department shows how they captured two giant hornet queens alive.

Managing entomologist Sven Spichiger said in a release the destruction of the nest was "only the start of our work to hopefully prevent the Asian giant hornet from gaining a foothold in the Pacific Northwest."

— with files from The Associated Press.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 3, 2020.

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