Experts Say Florida Has Big Hornets But Not Murder Hornets

Headlines were recently buzzing throughout Florida about the murder hornet. Those who were already avoiding bees at all costs were extra wary of the giant hornets from Asia. Now, after reviewing several sites in Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed that there's no evidence to support that murder hornets are present anywhere in Florida. The USDA has also confirmed that there’s no evidence of the species in Florida and are continuing to study and contain the Asian giant hornet to Washington state in an effort to keep the invasive pet away from Florida’s 650,000 honeybee colonies. Reports of Asian giant hornets are often cases of a mistake in identification, as they bear a close resemblance to native hornet and wasp species in Florida. Asian giant hornets are the world’s largest species of hornet.