Over the past few weeks, the Asian Giant Hornet, also known as the “murder hornet,” has been making headlines across the country. The invasive species was found in Washington state last fall and has been linked to several deaths in its native Japan.
But, how much of the news coverage about this hornet is hype, and how much is accurate? And what is the likelihood the invasive insect could show up in Wisconsin?
To learn about the potential environmental impact of the hornet, WORT producer Jonah Chester sat down with UW-Madison’s “bug guy” — P.J. Liesch, an entomologist with the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab.
For more on the Asian Giant Hornet, and to learn how to differentiate the invasive species from native wasps and bees, check out this article from the UW’s Insect Diagnostic Lab.
(Photo c/o P.J. Liesch and the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab)