By Sabi Phagura for MailOnline. A venomous Asian hornet has been spotted in Hampshire just weeks after experts predicted a plague of the pests were on their way to the UK. Spotted in Gosport, near Portsmouth, it's the first official sighting of the killer hornet for almost a year. The foreign invaders are particularly ruthless killers of honey-bees.
Scientists predict potential spread, habitat of invasive Asian giant hornet
Murder hornets: Asian giant hornet queens found in Washington nest
The hornets were found in parts of Washington and British Columbia, Canada, and if they spread, the insects pose a huge threat to the North American honeybee population. The Murder Hornets attack honeybee hives, killing every bee just to feast on their larva. These Murder Hornets are also huge and pack an extremely painful sting that can be lethal to humans if the person gets stung multiple times. Note: Click on the photo for the full flickr gallery. Since the hornets were discovered in Washington, entomologists have worked to eradicate these hornets from North America to protect the honeybee population. That would just be another reason to extend the quarantine. Wednesday was a huge day of history and pageantry as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in and began their terms.
Asian giant hornet
The Asian hornet Vespa velutina , also known as the yellow-legged hornet or Asian predatory wasp , is a species of hornet indigenous to Southeast Asia. It is of concern as an invasive species in some other countries. Vespa velutina is slightly smaller than the European hornet.
September 23, Researchers at Washington State University have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, an invasive newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, popularly dubbed the "murder hornet," could spread and find ideal habitat, both in the United States and globally. Sharing their discoveries in a newly published article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , the team found that if the world's largest hornet gains a foothold in Washington state, it could spread down much of the west coast of the United States. The Asian giant hornet could also find suitable habitat throughout the eastern seaboard and populous parts of Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America, if humans inadvertently transport it.