Scientists want to trap murder hornets with the Pests’ Own Sex Pheromones

Researchers may have a created a new weapon in the battle against Asian giant hornets. Asian giant hornets have invaded parts of Canada and US, sparking concerns they could damage already fragile honeybee populations. The flying insect’s large size and habit of decapitating its victims have earned it the dramatic nickname “murder hornet,” but a new study offers hope for creating effective traps using the hornets’ own sex pheromone as bait.

Sex pheromones are odors used to attract mates. An international team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan Agricultural University and  University of California San Diego published its work in decoding the hornet queen’s sex pheromone components in the journal Current Biology on Monday

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