(New York Times) The Asian giant hornet has resurfaced in the Pacific Northwest, with two reported discoveries that indicate the invasive insect has already been circulating in a broader territory than previously known. On the U.S. side of the border, state entomologists received a report this week of a dead hornet on a roadway near Custer, Wash. Several miles north in Canada, a provincial apiculturist for British Columbia confirmed that one of the large hornets had been discovered in the city of Langley this month.
(Washington State University) In the first-ever sightings in the U.S., the Washington State Department of Agriculture verified two reports and received two unconfirmed reports of the Asian giant hornet late last year. WSDA scientists are now working with WSU researchers, beekeepers and citizens to find, trap and eradicate the pest. At home in the forests and low mountains of eastern and southeast Asia, the hornet feeds on large insects, including native wasps and bees. In Japan, it devastates the European honey bee, which has no effective defense.
(Columbia Basin Herald) Bees were one of the topics discussed at by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association during the 115th annual meeting and Northwest Horticultural Expo. Dr. Natalie Boyle, of Penn State University, shared the research she recently completed on blue orchard bees.
(KREM) Bee investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture arrived this week to begin looking into what caused the rapid die off. Investigators are asking questions to people who live in Corbin Park about what they’ve noticed to try and pinpoint a cause. They suited up, took pictures of the neighborhood, collected some of the dead bees and took samples of hives.
(KREM) Thousands of bees are dying around Spokane. People who live in Corbin Park believe pesticides are to blame. A closer look at the bees shows that their tongues are sticking out, which is a common indicator they’ve been poisoned.
(Twitter, The Xerces Society @xercessociety) “We still need folks to adopt grid cells for @pnwbumblebees! This community science project spans #Oregon, #Washington, and #Idaho. When you choose a grid cell, you’re committing to #hike it at least 2x this summer & report #bumblebee sightings.”