Beekeepers warned of ‘murder hornet’

Many of you have seen articles being released about the giant Asian hornet, Vespa mandarinia, making its way to the United States recently.

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GAINESVILLE — Also colloquially called “murder hornet,” this is the terrifying “face” of a giant Asian hornet, Vespa mandarinia.

Fortunately, this invasive insect has been on the radar for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for many years. Fact: There have been NO sightings or confirmed identifications here in Florida.

Beekeepers: You are our first line of defense — as a reminder, if you think you’ve spotted a giant Asian hornet (or any invasive species) in Florida, please contact your local apiary inspector or submit a sample by using the following link: fdacs.gov/…/How-to-Submit-a-Sample-for-Identifi… .

For more information about this hornet, please visit: agr.wa.gov/…/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets.

The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory is dedicated to providing you the most up-to-date scientific information as quickly as possible. We will release information as we hear more.

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Amy Wu is the Extension coordinator for the Honey Bee Research & Extension Laboratory of the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.

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