Murder Hornets

In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash. The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state and entomologists are making plans to wipe it out. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the Asian giant hornet has a sting that could be fatal to some humans. It is just now starting to emerge from hibernation. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Murder Hornets, also known as Asian giant hornets or Japanese giant hornets, have become a popular talking point on social media in recent days as the insect has been discovered in one U.S. State, but one local expert says seeing them in the Golden Triangle isn't a high probability.

Joe MacGown, a researcher for the Mississippi State University Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, has his area of specialty in Hymenoptera — a large order of insects, comprising of sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.

“The first confirmed U.S. record was in Washington and it was a dead specimen,” He said. “It prefers low, lowland mountain-type areas, we don’t even have the right habitat here. It would be unlikely we see it in the southeast.”

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