"Murder Hornets" are just Giant Hornets

Spencer Monckton (PhD candidate, Packer Lab) delves into the details of the fascinating Vespa mandarinia, incorrectly dubbed the "Murder Hornet".

Some key points:

  • The do not post a danger to humans
  • We don't know if they post a threat to (non-native) honey bees
  • There are already multiple introduced honey bee pests in N. America
  • They are unable to rapidly spread and "invade" as they don't travel far distances and don't do well in cold climates
  • Fear of giant hornets can risk native species

Read the full article here.