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Asian giant hornet specimen found in Bellingham (June 2020). Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture

2nd confirmed Asian giant hornet this year found 15 miles from 1st location

Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture reported today that the 2nd confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet (AGH) this year has been made.

Officials say a resident in Bellingham reported finding what they suspected to be an AGH on Saturday, June 6th. WSDA officials said the resident found it on their porch wiggling around and stepped on it.

They were then able to photograph, collect the specimen and submitted a report on the WSDA website. WSDA collected the specimen and today, June 11th, WSDA reported state and federal labs had confirmed the specimen to be an AGH.

The first confirmed sighting this year occurred in north Custer.

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