Dead murder hornet marks invasive species' return to U.S.
A giant Asian hornet was found dead near Seattle - the first such sighting in the United States this year, according to the AP.
Why It Matters: The 2 inch long invasive insects known as "murder hornets" pose a threat to honeybees and native hornet species, and their extremely painful stings can be fatal to humans.
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What Happens: Entomologists from Washington state and the USDA confirmed a report of a dead Asian giant hornet in Snohomish County north of Seattle.
The hornets caused a stir last year after nests were discovered along the Canadian border.
Between the lines: Experts believe the dead hornet is likely left over from the previous year when agricultural officials in the region tried tree to tree to suckle nests.
But DNA testing shows the hornet was not related to previous populations, and it's unclear how it got into Snohomish County.
Bottom line, the USDA advises that if you encounter a murder horror, "leave the area calmly".
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