Murder hornet queen with unusual color discovered

Jenni Cena, pest biologist and trapping supervisor from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), holds a dead Asian Giant Hornet, also known as a murder hornet, as a sample specimen from Japan on July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington.
Jenni Cena, pest biologist and trapping supervisor from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), holds a dead Asian Giant Hornet, also known as a murder hornet, as a sample specimen from Japan on July 29, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images

Yes, murder hornets are still around.

This week, the Washington State Department of Agriculture destroyed its largest nest of the year so far and found a Queen inside with “interesting coloring,” according to a Facebook post.

“All workers — no males or virgin queens,” the Facebook post about the 10-comb reads. “The queen that started the nest had interesting coloring!”

Asian giant hornets or Vespa mandarinia – commonly known as “murder hornets” – are the world’s largest hornet species, growing up to two inches, according to