Add this to your 2020 bingo card! A "murder hornet’s" nest was discovered for the first time ever in the United States and it was found right beside the Canada-U.S. border.
“Murder hornets,” or Asian giant hornets, are an invasive insect that can threaten Canada’s honey bees, fruit crops and even humans.
The critters were dubbed “murder hornets” as multiple stings can be fatal to humans, producing as much venom as a venomous snake bite.
Come on now, this is cute! An #AsianGiantHornet enjoyed some strawberry jam after being tagged yesterday. https://t.co/1nQCL3oX1w— Washington State Department of Agriculture (@Washington State Department of Agriculture) 1603475757.0
Per a report from CBC News, the nest was found just beside the Peace Arch border crossing, between South Surrey, B.C., and Blaine, Washington.
It was the first of its kind to be discovered in the United States.
While the creatures have been spotted in Canada in the past, the discovery of a huge nest just beside the border could be a cause for concern.
A Washington entomologist involved in finding the nest described the discovery as initially exciting, then frightening.
"The first thing we saw was their children's play set about 20 feet from the location," Sven-Erik Spichiger told CBC. "It was a little terrifying."
In total, 85 live Asian giant hornets were removed from the nest. They will now be used for research purposes.