The DEM says there is little risk of the Asian Giant Hornet being spotted in RI in 2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Asian Giant Hornet was first noticed in December 2019 in Blane, WA.

Currently there are no signs of this hornet establishing population anywhere else in the United States; and locally the Rhode Island DEM says that more research is needed to determine whether or not these insects are able to even survive in the state’s climate.

The DEM added that there is an extremely low risk of them being present in the area in 2020.

This type of hornet is large and has a body measuring 1.5 to 2 inches and come with a powerful sting, although they are not any more aggressive than wasps native to our area.

In addition, the DEM released common lookalikes of what we might find buzzing around in our backyards. The Eastern Cicada Killer and the European Hornet are described to two common insects that can be confused for an Asian Giant Hornet.

The DEM says that the Asian Giant Hornet has not been found in Rhode Island.

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