WSDA Looks At The Diet Of The Murder Hornet

Photo: WSDA
Photo: WSDA

The Asian Giant is not native to the Pacific Northwest, so what have they been eating for the past couple of years. Scientists studied the frass, or fecal matter, of Asian giant hornet larvae and determined the invasive species ate many things that were expects, such as paper wasps and honeybees. However, the murder hornets also ate a few unexpected things, such as cow, perhaps from a discarded hamburger.

The Washington state Department of Agriculture says finding out what they hornets were eating in in the Evergreen state provides a first glimpse at what insect populations could be harmed if the Asian giant hornets establish themselves in the region.

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