- Asian giant hornets were spotted in the U.S. for the first time in late 2019
- Experts predicted where the species could spread if they’re left unchecked
- Parts of the U.S. and other countries were found to be susceptible to an invasion
A team of scientists has predicted where the Asian giant hornet could possibly spread, highlighting the importance of the efforts to keep the species in check.
There were reports earlier this year about Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia), nicknamed “murder hornets”, being spotted in the country for the first time in Washington, causing panic among people.
Now, a team of researchers predicted where the species could actually spread in the U.S. and globally given the right conditions, and if left unchecked.
For the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team examined records of the species’ native habitat in Japan, Taiwan and