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Asian Giant Hornet

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Asian giant hornet
Scientific Name:

Vespa mandarinia Smith, 1852 (Perrard et al. 2013)

Common Name:

Asian giant hornet

Asian giant hornet - Photo by Allan Smith-Pardo; USDA, APHIS, PPQ


Native To:

Asia (APHIS 2020)

Date of U.S. Introduction:

Was first detected in Washington State in 2019 (APHIS 2020)

Means of Introduction:

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)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Asian Giant Hornet.

Council or Task Force

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.


Federal Government

USDAAPHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

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.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

See also: Hot Pest Topics for more resources


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.


Invasive Species Centre (Ontario).