The Asian giant hornet, seen for the first time in North America in 2019, is unlikely to murder you or U.S. bees, according to a Smithsonian entomologist.
Asian Giant Hornet
Asia (APHIS 2020)
Was first detected in Washington State in 2019 (APHIS 2020)
Unknown, but could possibly be introduced through the illegal importation of live specimens for food and medicinal purposes (APHIS 2020)
Pest of honey bees that can cause the complete loss of colonies (APHIS 2020)
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Council or Task Force
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Government of British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture.
Three Asian Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) were found in the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island in mid-August. The identification has been confirmed by Canadian and international experts. This is the first time this insect has been found in British Columbia. Please report suspected Asian giant hornet sightings to the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.
State and Local Government
Oregon Department of Agriculture.
See also: Pest Alerts for more pests
Washington State Department of Agriculture.
Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Ohio Department of Agriculture. Plant Health.
Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #EENHY-754
North Carolina State University. Extension.
Learn about some of the common species of wasps, bees and other non-wasp species, such as hover flies and robber flies, that superficially resemble the Asian giant hornet.
University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.
Virginia Tech. Department of Entomology.
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.
APHIS. 2020. New Pest Response Guidelines: Vespa mandarinia (PDF | 1.15 MB). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Perrard A., K.M. Pickett, C. Villemant, J. Kojima, and J. Carpenter. 2013. Phylogeny of hornets: a total evidence approach (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Vespinae, Vespa). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 32:1-15.