Vespa mandarinia Smith, 1852 (Perrard et al. 2013)
Northern giant hornet; formerly known as Asian giant hornet or AGH (Entomological Society of America 2022)
Asia (APHIS 2020)
Was first detected in Washington State in 2019 (APHIS 2020)
Unknown (APHIS 2020)
Pest of honey bees that can cause the complete loss of colonies (APHIS 2020)
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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.
Entomological Society of America. 2022. 'Northern Giant Hornet' Adopted as Common Name for Vespa mandarinia.
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.