Local entomologist: 'highly unlikely you'll find them here.'

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 1:49 PM CDT
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The murder hornet has been spotted in Washington State and Canada.

University of Nebraska Lincoln's West Central Research and Extension Center Field Crops Entomologist Specialist Julie Peterson says the Asian 'murder hornet' preys on honey bees.

While its unlikely the insect will find its way to the Cornhusker state, she wants to make sure people don't confuse it with the Cicada Killer Wasp.

"It's quite large and it's about two inches or more in length and it does look somewhat similar to the Asian Giant Hornet,' Peterson said. "Now if you see something and you are not sure what it is please feel free to take pictures. If you find one that's already died, feel free to bring that in to our extension office and we will take a look. But I would encourage folks not to panic and react and kill just any large bee or wasp that they find because a lot of these are really beneficial and they are not the murder hornet."

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