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The Vespa Mandarina is one of the largest known hornets to date. They are often referred to as Asian hornet giants. They are quite striking with being large in size along with the distinguishing markings that make it easily recognizable from the other Asian hornet species. This wasp stings can be fatal and life-threatening to humans and it can be detrimental to other insect colonies as well. Especially wild and kept honey bees are at risk from dying from a run-in from wasps.
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The Vespa Mandarina is native to Japan and can be found outside its native lands in other countries around Asia. They are usually present in countries with warm temperatures and tropical climates. The first sighting of the wasp in the United States was spotted and recorded in the fall of 2019, Washington.
The Vespa Mandarina is quite established in other parts of Asia, notably in countries such as Thailand, China, Nepal, Russia, and of course its native Japan. As of now the wasp has not to be sighted in western Europe. Random sightings have been, however, been sighted in other countries. These hornets prefer to nest in mild climates including mountainous terrains, but can be found in sub-tropical climates as well. A colony of Vespa mandarin was first discovered in September 2019, British Columbia. The first specimen was collected in December 2019, Washington. The Vespa Mandarina hornets are large and robust wasps that have several distinctive features. First, the head is wider above its mandibles and the cheeks are more pronounced with make the head look larger. Females have stingers whereas male worker bees do not have them. The stinger is said to be smooth and almost a centimeter in length.
All Vespa Mandarina colonies are mostly established in the spring by mated queens after they awaken from a period of postponement. These queens nourish themselves on tree sap. Once the queens have found a suitable tree to establish there colonies in they start building the comb. These hornets often look for a cavity or hollow area. To make space for extra accommodation they will dig holes from the soil with the help of their mandibles. The queen is the only one responsible for the development and safeguarding of the colony. She continues to feed and protect her brood until they grow out to be full-fledged workers. The queen lays her eggs in 1000 of available cells or more.
Any confrontation with insects that can sting pose risks to those who are allergic to the venom. However, the Vespa Mandarina has even been related to cases where people were not found to be allergic. If you have been stung, seek medical assistance right away.