Asian Giant Hornets Not a Problem for NC Beekeepers…yet?

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There is a viral news story circulating about the “murder hornet,” the unfortunate moniker of the Asian Giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. To the entomology world, this news is actually a bit old, as it was first reported in December 2019, where a small handful of colonies were reported in the Pacific Northwest (and nowhere else in North America). As such, there are no documented cases of this new invasive insect in North Carolina.

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David Tarpy, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. David TarpyProfessor and Extension Specialist (Apiculture) Call Dr. David Email Dr. David Entomology & Plant Pathology
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on May 6, 2020
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