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A gentle reminder: That bug in your backyard probably isn’t an Asian Giant Hornet

By on May 13, 2022

The sun is shining and the bees are buzzing – but not the Asian Giant Hornets. As the weather gets warmer and insects like bees and wasps become more active, NCDA&CS has seen an uptick in calls from people who

From pandemics to ‘Murder Hornets,’ Whitney Swink looks back on a wild 2020

By on December 31, 2020

Just as the year is ending, Whitney Swink’s phone has finally quieted down. In a year full of unprecedented international challenges, it might sound presumptuous to say that Swink, NCDA&CS State Regulatory Entomologist, has had a particularly wild year. From

Cicada killer wasps in North Carolina commonly mistaken for “murder hornets”

By on September 2, 2020

With the widespread news about discovery in Washington state of a few Asian giant hornets also notoriously dubbed “murder hornets,” it comes as no shock that many North Carolinians are wary of large wasps. However, if you see a cicada