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Asian giant hornets have noticeably large orange heads and black eyes; worker hornets are about 3.5 cm in length; queens can be up to four to five cm in length, with a wingspan of four to seven cm. (B.C. Ministry of Agriculture)

‘Murder hornet’ findings worry agriculture officials

Invasive pest known to decapitate honeybees, take over hives

Reuters — The Asian giant hornet — an invasive, predatory insect dubbed the “murder hornet” — has been seen in the Vancouver area and may pose a threat to the beekeeping industry and potentially to people if it establishes there, a U.S. official said Monday. The stinging Vespa mandarinia can grow as large as 2-1/2 […] Read more

Editors’ Picks: “Dangerous” beetle found in LAX cargo

(Reuters) — U.S. customs officials said Wednesday they had found a beetle considered one of the world’s most dangerous agricultural pests in a shipment of rice arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. Agricultural specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection found an adult khapra beetle, eight larvae and a shed skin in a shipment of […] Read more

Desperate California To Get More Water At Last

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drou gh t -s t r i c k e n farmers and cities across California were granted a measure of relief Feb. 26 when federal and state officials said they expected to supply significantly more water this year than last. The announcements came as welcome news in the nation’s No. 1 farm state, where […] Read more