The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced earlier this week that a beekeeper in Savannah found an unusual insect later identified by University of Georgia officials as a yellow-legged hornet.

Yellow-legged hornets ( Vespa velutina ) are an invasive species that decimate honeybee colonies, which are all-you-can-eat buffets to the hornets. They are native to southeast Asia but have spread throughout most of Europe and the rest of Asia. The hornet’s discovery in Georgia is the first detection of the insect alive in the open United States, according to a GDA release .

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