Asian giant hornet

Vespa mandarinia

Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is an insect pest of honey bees and other large insects. It is a native of Eastern Asia and was first detected in Washington in 2019.

At five times the size and 20 times the weight of a honey bee, a single hornet can kill as many as 40 honey bees per minute using its large mandibles. This large hornet is not currently established in the U.S.

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