Despite quickly gaining a sinister reputation as "murder hornets," Asian giant hornets, spotted for the first time ever in North America last year, likely pose a much greater risk to the health of bees than humans.

‘Murder Hornets’ Bigger Threat to Bees Than to Humans, Experts Say

For the past few weeks, the phrase “murder hornet” has made frequent appearances in media outlets — producing chilling claims that a dangerous human-killer threatens to invade North America. But despite the buzz, these hornets — technically called Asian giant hornets — are much more of a threat to honey bee populations than they are to people.