American scientists worry Asian giant hornets, aka “murder hornet”, could establish in U.S. and decimate native bee populations

  • The hornets are native to tropical Eastern Asia and prefer to live in low mountains and forests.
  • The hornets have been spotted in Washington State and White Rock, British Columbia, and Vancouver Island.
  • Queen Asian giant hornets can grow up to two inches long and are considered the world’s largest hornet.
  • Large mandibles let the hornet tear the heads off of native American bees.
  • The stinger can penetrate bee suits with venom equivalent to a poisonous snake. Several stings can kill a person.