Subject: Large bee
Geographic location of the bug: Berks County Pennsylvania
Time: 11:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman —
This bee was found in my garage. I’ve never seen one so big. Unfortunately it was killed before I could get to it. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s about the thickness of a pinky finger. The giant Asian hornet is the only thing I could find that looked similar. Should I be worried?
How you want your letter signed: Oswald
This is a European Hornet, a species introduced to North America toward the end of the Nineteenth Century. It has naturalized. Though European Hornets are not aggressive, they will sting to defend a nest.