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December 2022 Update: The Entomological Society of America has designated a common name for the species, Vespa mandarinia, formerly known as the Asian giant hornet. It is now called the northern giant hornet.

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December 2022 - ARS Scientists are using state-of-the-art technology to dive deeper into the biology of Vespa mandarina, previously known as the Asian giant hornet and now renamed the northern giant hornet. Scientists are using mass spectrometry-based proteomics to characterize the venom glands of the northern giant hornet. By analyzing the proteins in the venom, scientists can better understand the hornet's biology and behavior and develop more effective strategies to protect people, honeybees, and agricultural crops from their aggressive attacks.


Photo: ARS Research Molecular Biologist Michelle Heck uses a mass spectrometer to conduct venom proteome analysis of the northern giant hornet.

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[Photo: "Vespa mandarinia (Asian giant hornet) in Japan" by Alpsdake is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

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Research on the Asian Giant Hornet

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June 8, 2020

ARS Takes On the Asian Giant Hornet

ARS entomologist Matt Buffington working with an Asian giant hornet
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Asian Giant Hornet Complete Genome Released by the Agricultural Research Service

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USDA Lure Attracts Live Asian Giant Hornets, Helps Lead to Nest Discovery

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November 17, 2020

Asian Giant Hornets Arrive for Study and Preservation at the Smithsonian Biorepository

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March 11, 2021

Mapping The Asian Giant Hornet's Genome

ARS researcher makes lures that contain known wasp and hornet attractants for use in Asian giant hornet traps.
July 16, 2021

Asian Giant Hornet Research from Coast to Coast