Possible Asian giant hornet?

Asked October 20, 2016, 6:09 PM EDT

Hello, I may have seen an Asian giant hornet near my home today. Unfortunately I cannot tell the difference between that and a cicada killer from afar (too scared to get close haha). I've attached a terrible picture to help. Thanks! -Adam

Prince George's County Maryland beneficial hornet insect

1 Response

Giant Asian hornets are not found in Maryland.
Your photo is not clear, but it could be a European Hornet, or other large wasp like you mention. Queens, who are the only ones who winter over, can be pretty large.

Here is what European hornets look like: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/european-hornets

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