Experts: Bug spotted in Cornwall not a ‘murder hornet’ but a Pigeon Tremex

Experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension say "murder hornets" are not found along the East Coast of the United States.

News 12 Staff

Sep 14, 2021, 4:45 PM

Updated 1,042 days ago

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Check out this massive insect spotted by a viewer in Cornwall - who thought it looks like a "murder hornet."
Thankfully, that doesn't appear to be the case.
Experts at Cornell Cooperative Extension say "murder hornets" are not found along the East Coast of the United States.
UPDATE
The Cornell Cooperative Extension says the insect appears to be Tremex columba, commonly known as a Pigeon Tremex or Pigeon Horntail. 
The website Insect Identification says “the Pigeon Tremex is a horntail and is not naturally aggressive, unlike wasps….This species is commonly seen in hardwood forests and is a familiar sight to lumberjacks.”
A shoutout to News 12 Facebook readers Dylan Powell, Eric Lester and John Grant II who also identified it correctly.


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