Yellow-Legged Hornet (suggested common name), Vespa velutina (Lepeletier 1836) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
A close-up of a yellow-legged hornet clinging to a spikey, yellow-green flower.
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Ashman, Krystal, Oliver Keller, and Cameron Jack. 2020. “Yellow-Legged Hornet (suggested Common name), Vespa Velutina (Lepeletier 1836) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae): EENY-755/IN1282, 05/2020”. EDIS 2020 (3). Gainesville, FL:5.


The yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina (Lepeletier), is a pest of concern outside of its native range. Vespa velutina is native to Southeast Asia and has invaded several regions in Europe, first appearing in France in 2004. As a generalist predator, they are a pest of honey bees and a major concern to many beekeepers. Vespa velutina has not been intercepted in North America, but it is believed to have high invasion potential.
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