In the fall of 2019 specimens of the Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia, were found in Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Washington state. This hornet can have a detrimental impact on honey bee colonies, as well as other insect species. Since it’s detection, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has implemented sampling and tracking strategies in an effort to eradicate this insect. For more information about the situation in Washington, please refer to the WSDA website: https://agr.wa.gov/departments/insects-pests-and-weeds/insects/hornets.
The Apiary Inspectors of America maintains constant communication among the state and provincial apiary inspection programs, as well as with the USDA, to stay up-to-date on the status of this pest. Below are a few resources that have been developed by individual programs in an effort to educate the public about this insect. If you suspect that you have seen the Asian Giant Hornet, please reach out to your state/provincial apiary inspection program immediately (https://apiaryinspectors.org/inspection-services/).
Asian Giant Hornet Informational Resources
- USDA-APHIS-PPQ New Pest Response Guidelines – Vespa mandarinia
- Asian Giant Hornet Look-alikes 101 (USDA-APHIS-PPQ)
- British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
- Washington State Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture