Invasive Yellow-legged Hornet Spotted in U.S. for First Time
If left uncontrolled, the species could impact agriculture
A new invasive species has been spotted in the U.S. for the first time. A living yellow-legged hornet, also known as an Asian hornet, was detected in Georgia, which state officials say could cause damage to its agricultural industry if left uncontrolled.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the discovery has the potential to threaten honey production and native pollinators.
Earlier this month, a Georgian beekeeper discovered and reported the insect to the state. The yellow-legged hornet's identity was then confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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