Murder Hornet Nest – level 3

28-10-2020 15:00

A basketball-size nest of so-called murder hornets has been discovered in the US for the first time; however, sightings began late last year.

Murder hornets are native to the tropical south and east of Asia, and it is unclear how they traveled to the county. Experts hunted down the nest in Washington state by capturing some of the insects and fitting them with tracking devices.

The insects deliver painful stings and they can spit venom; however, they are rarely fatal for humans. They are a bigger threat to honeybees who farmers rely on to pollinate their crops. A small group of hornets can destroy a honeybee hive in a matter of hours.

Difficult words: venom (a poison that an animal makes), fatal (deadly), pollinate (to move the pollen from one plant to another and help the plant reproduce).

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