First Asian giant hornet found in Washington state trap

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state agriculture workers have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set north of Seattle near the Canadian border, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday. The insect nicknamed the “murder hornet” is world’s largest hornet at 2 inches. The hornets can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver a painful sting to humans. The invasive insect was first documented in the state late last year. It’s the first such hornet to be found in a trap rather than in the environment as the state’s five previous confirmed sightings were.