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May 5, 2020
“Murder” Hornets: Should you panic? Probably not. Here’s why.
Elizabeth Barnes, Exotic Forest Pest Educator, Purdue University
Brock Harpur, Entomology Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Cliff Sadof, Extension Entomologist, Purdue University
Headlines all over the country have
been sounding the alarm about “murder” hornets. Should you be worried? Yes and
no. The presence of these hornets in the United States is bad news for bees and
beekeepers alike but there’s no need to panic yet.
Where did they come from and where are they right now?
The Asian giant
hornet originally came from tropical and temperate Asia. We are currently only
aware of introductions in British Columbia and Washington State. It’s very
unlikely that you’ve encountered one if you live in other parts of North
Are they in Indiana yet?
No, they have not been seen in Indiana
nor have they been seen in any states near us. It is highly unlikely that there
are any Asian giant hornets in Indiana.
What’s with the name?
The name murder hornet is a misnomer. They’re
not malicious. They’re just hungry, efficient hunters. If you’re interested in
learning more about this hornet, try looking under one of its other names:
Asian giant hornet, giant Asian wasp, giant Japanese hornet, giant sparrow
wasp, or, if you know a bit of Japanese, オオスズメバチ.
Please see the full article at The Purdue Landscape Report.