Pest Alerts - Ornamental Pests

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

Asian Giant Hornet has not been found in Rhode Island. There are several native wasps and hornets that can resemble the Giant Asian Hornet but are not a threat to wildlife or our ecosystem. In fact, many of these native species are considered beneficial. The two most mistaken insects in our environment are the Eastern Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus) and the European Hornet (Vespa crabro). View the factsheet below for comparison photos.