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Murder Bee #724750

Asked September 17, 2020, 12:56 PM EDT

Is this a murder bee

Washington County North Carolina

Expert Response

It's a European hornet worker.  It is a "cousin" to the Asian giant hornet.  Their colonies are about maximum size right now. They often fly at night around bright lights and can be "unpleasant" if you get too close to their nest (which is often hidden in cavities).
Michael Waldvogel Replied September 17, 2020, 2:18 PM EDT

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