The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, is in the news after being found in Washington State. The media have taken to calling it the “murder hornet” because it does kill people. However, it is hard to find authoritative information on this insect, so we are linking to a new article written by Dr. Mike Merchant that describes the insect and discusses why it is indeed dangerous. It is not in Texas, and Dr. Merchant also discusses why it may not get here.
Giant hornets genuinely frightening (posted 5/5/20).