Asian giant hornets?

sourland

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Are there any entomologists on board? Yesterday I saw a very large wasp/hornet capture, kill and eat a big bumble bee. This insect was in excess of 2" long. In coloration and size it did not appear to be an European hornet. Have Asian giant hornets been found in the US? I am located in New Jersey.
 

sourland

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Might have been a Giant Cicada Killer, but my impression was that it had a larger head and more elongated abdomen. Whatever it was, it dispatched a LARGE bumble bee quite readily. I have seen cicada killers around here, but never this time of year.
 
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