"Murder Hornets" Not In Florida
Floridians can check one thing off their worry list. The state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says there’s no evidence so-called “murder hornets” have landed in Florida. This statement comes after several sightings were reported to the department.
The Asian giant hornet, also known as “murder hornet,” is not in Florida. Reports of these insects are often the result of misidentification, says the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It has released a guide (shown below) on how to tell Florida native hornets and Asian giant hornets apart. The latter is the world’s largest species of hornet. According to the department, they rarely attack people or pets. People can report sightings by emailing DPIHelpline@FDACS.gov or by calling 1-888-397-1517.