Dr. Mark Willis among scientists interviewed in Mashable article about Asian giant hornets.

Don’t buy the ‘murder hornet’ hype

Giant hornets, like you, need protein.

The two-inch-long wasps Vespa mandarinia — regrettably dubbed “murder hornets” — attack bee colonies because they teem with prey. These hornets are remarkable, tenacious-looking animals. They’re the biggest wasps in the world. The problem is they’re native to Asia, but in 2019 and 2020 people have spotted over a dozen of them (so far) in a corner of Washington. This makes the hornets an invasive species, and with no natural enemies in a new land, a big potential threat to honey bees in the U.S.

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