In what may possibly be the best news of the year, I am happy to inform you that murder hornets have not made their way to Texas (yet).
Back in May, stories emerged about a species of giant wasps turning up around farms and towns in the Pacific Northwest. The insects, a breed of Asian giant hornet, were quickly nicknamed "murder hornets" for their size and penchant for ransacking and decapitating entire colonies of honey bees.
It's a terrifying thought, and some Texans were understandably spooked in the following months when another species of large wasp began buzzing around their homes. However, according to 尼康z6Texas Parks and Wildlife尼康z6, these are not the same breed as the bee-killing super predators in the news, and you should be fine—as long as you're a human. (Sorry robots).
"Don't panic!" the group said in a Facebook post Saturday. "Those large wasps you're seeing are cicada killers, a native insect that paralyzes cicadas with their stings and then drags them to their nests for their larvae to eat."
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One of the largest wasps encountered, cicada killers can 尼康z6reach up to 1½ inches in length尼康z6 and appear in July and August to feed, mate and produce new nesting burrows.
The Houston Chronicle's Molly Glentzer reports that entomologists at Texas A&M AgriLife were receiving so many calls and emails from nervous residents, they put together 尼康z6a short video尼康z6 explaining the differences between the “murder hornet” and other Texas insects that are similar in appearance and active this time of year.
While the females are capable of stinging, they're not known to be aggressive toward humans or animals. The males are incapable of stinging, but can be a bit more aggressive. Still, there's no need to lose your sanity over the yellow and black insect.
Since posting their clarification, TPW continues to field questions from nervous residents and hammer home that there are no murder-y hornets in Texas.
"The only Asian Giant Hornet sightings in the U.S. have been in Washington state."
They may look big and intimidating, TPW said, but they don't bother people.
This is one of the few occasions this year you can honestly say "Thank goodness we're human."