Insects and Spiders - native

Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) on Aug 25, 2023

Originally reported as Africanized Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata)

Submitter has sample

Description of specimen

It was a murder Hornet
Japanese Giant Hornet


Thank you for your report! That's not a Giant Hornet, or an Africanized Honey Bee. That's our native Sphex ichneumoneus, the "Great Golden Digger Wasp". They are considered beneficial insects as they hunt grasshoppers and katydids for their young. No Northern Giant Hornets or other invasive hornets have been spotted in Oregon yet. Thanks for being on the lookout.

Tom Valente
Aug. 25, 2023, 8:33 a.m.