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Vespa mandarinia

Vespa mandarinia

When scientists discovered specimens of the invasive giant hornet Vespa mandarinia on both sides of the border between Washington and British Columbia in 2019, they sought to find out how they arrived from Asia. Analysis of their mitochondrial DNA provided an interesting twist: The hornets on each side of the border likely did not come from the same location in Asia. (Photo by Hanna Royals, USDA APHIS PPQ ITP, Bugwood.org)

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