Northern Giant Hornet Central
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.
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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