by Marcus Washington
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - A mid-state woman thought she discovered and unusual deadly insect, foreign to the United States in her backyard. Now, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has stepped in and confiscated the large bug.
It was on her screened in patio where Summer Chatman noticed something she felt was extremely unusual.
"Friday afternoon and I was sitting right here like this with my children and they were over there playing and I constantly heard buzzing and buzzing," said Chatman.
She said at first glance, she thought it was just a wasp -- a closer look sparked her interest and put her in a panic all at the same time.
"I was like, 'ok that's not normal,' I rushed my kids inside and went and looked on the Internet," she said.
Chatman said she was sure she spotted a Japanese Giant Hornet.
"That is shoots out the venom, aims for the eyes. It burns holes through your skin and two to three bites can kill you instantly," said the mother of three.
Even knowing this information, Chatman and her mother went back to the patio.
"And he came over in this area. Well, my mother stepped up on this [chair] and I got the jar. She held it up, it's a mason jar so I got the little silver piece, and we slid it up in there and closed it up and tightened it," she said.
Chatman called the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and she was told how to preserve the hornet until they arrived at their Springfield home to confiscate the bug.
Monday afternoon, it was revealed that the bug they found is actually a Queen European Hornet.
The Queen is typically out this time of year looking for a place to nest.
The same can't be said about the workers, who typically are more aggressive and endangering mostly to honey bees, which many people rely on for pollination.
While this wasn't a Japanese Hornet, Chatman said she rather be safe than sorry.
The European Hornet was first introduced to the United States in the 1850 and is the only true hornet in North America. European hornets are also known for ripping bark from trees, which makes them weak.
If you are trying to eliminate a hornet's nest near your home, it's advised to wear protective gear and treat the nest in the early morning hours when it's coolest outside.