Of course, Asian hornets did not appear on our planet yesterday, because they are commonplace in parts of Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan and many other places, they have only recently become a real problem in Europe and the United States. And we are talking about a species whose sting kills 40 people every year in the Land of the Rising Sun, mainly allergic, but it is also dangerous for healthy people if there is a lot of toxins. As if that was not enough, Asian hornets are known to destroy bee swarms - several dozen hornets can kill a swarm of several dozen thousand people within a few hours, mainly by ... decapitation!
Until recently, the largest hornets in the world were sticking to "their territory", but due to human activity, they began to spread to various corners of the world. Already in 2010, the first specimens did great in Spain, France and Great Britain, and last year they even appeared in Hamburg and, as reported by the prestigious magazine Evolutionary Systematics, is the northernmost place in the world where they were seen. In Poland, we do not yet have official information about the appearance of an insect, but not so far from Germany.
It certainly appeared in the USA, where special services found and neutralized one of the nests. We first heard about an Asian hornet in the United States in December last year, when it was sighted in Washington, but it was not until July this year that the first representative was captured. It was possible thanks to the increased observation not only of services and scientific communities, but also of inhabitants who are afraid of this invasive species. Some time ago, several more were caught in the preparation of a special trap, marked and “equipped” with micro-tracking devices, thanks to which the insects led the services to their nest by themselves.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture sent a special team, equipped with thick overalls, to carry out the action of destroying it. As it turns out, although Asian hornets usually build nests underground and away from cities, this time they were satisfied with a hollow tree trunk on a private property in Blaine. Dozens of species of the species flew around the nest, which turned out to be the size of a basketball, and there were supposed to be 100 to 200 insects in the nest itself. Specialists destroyed the nest by sucking up the insects with special "vacuum cleaners", and the tree will soon be felled and burned to make sure no larvae survived.