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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
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 America.
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.