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No, That's Probably Not A Murder Hornet In Your Backyard

Quinlyn Baine/Washington State Department of Agriculture
Associated Press
Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the Asian giant hornet has a sting that could be fatal to some humans.

Remember all of those stories about the so-called 'murder hornet?' A lot of it turned out to be hype, but invasive insects are a real threat. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by Iowa State University professor of entomology Donald Lewis and Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist Richard Jauron for a look at what’s buzzing in your backyard.

Experts also take questions from listeners across the state.


  • Donald Lewis, professor of entomology, Iowa State University
  • Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist, Iowa State University Extension
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Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa