New Hornet Found in the US; Yellow-Legged Hornet (Vespa velutina)
Earlier this week (19 Aug 2023) the Georgia Department of Agriculture announced the finding of a Yellow-Legged Hornet (Vespa velutina) in Savanah, GA. The identification has been confirmed by the USDA. This is the first confirmed detection of this species in the United States. It is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia and was previously introduced in Europe and parts of the Middle East.