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August 12, 2020

7/8/2020 2:23:00 PM
Woman's fears put to rest by DNR expert
Here is the insect Christy Boyce found in her home compared in size to a quarter.—Staff Photos by Barb King
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Here is the insect Christy Boyce found in her home compared in size to a quarter.—Staff Photos by Barb King
Christy Boyce shows off what she feared might be one of those monstrous Asian hornets she had heard about.
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Christy Boyce shows off what she feared might be one of those monstrous Asian hornets she had heard about.
It took a while, but Christy Boyce's fears about an insect that flew into her home have now been put to rest.

Or, they will be once Christy reads this article, as she could not be reached by phone.

The Commiskey resident called the office several weeks ago saying a large "hornet or wasp" had flown through her open window into her home. What she saw terrified her, because it looked like one of those "murder hornets" aka "Asian Giant Hornet" she had seen on news reports.

Those 2-inch long hornets with a bright orange head and accompanying mid-line stripes have entomologists working overtime out in Washington state. Since they were spotted this spring, the scientists are hoping to squash what could be a devastating invasion as these four-legged winged monsters target and annihilate honeybees and their hives.

Christy had heard the report and feared what she and her friend captured was indeed one of these flying predators.

"This is something to be alarmed at," she said. If it is one of those hornets, people need to be aware of it."

And so, we sent off a photo of the mean-looking insect to the Department of Natural Resources Chief Apiary Inspector Kathleen Prough. She responded with reassuring words:

"Not a Asian giant hornet/Japanese Hornet. Wrong markings and color," she wrote. "That is a European hornet (Vespa crabro). They have been in the U.S. since 1850.".

For more information on Asian giant hornet she suggesged anyone check out the links at: https://apiaryinspectors.org/asian-giant-hornet/

In the meantime, Christy and her friend have decided it might be a good idea to put screens up in their rural home.

Country living just isn't what it used to be, they bemoaned.





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