Insects and Spiders - native

Cicada Killer Wasps (unknown species) (Sphecius spp.) on Sep 6, 2022

Originally reported as Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

Submitter has sample

Description of specimen

Large orange eyes, body black & orange apox 3/4 inch in length, light tan transparent wings.


Thank you for your report! So far no Asian Giant Hornets have been found in Oregon. Most reports have turned out to be Cicada killer wasps, genus Sphecius, common native species that are not aggressive. I am attaching a couple of images highlighting the differences between Cicada killer wasps and Asian Giant hornets.

Thanks for being on the lookout!

Tom Valente
Sept. 6, 2022, 8:44 a.m.