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Now, deadly hornets from Asia that measure up to 2 inches long have been found for the first time in the US — and researchers are worried they’re colonizing.

The aggressive insects, nicknamed “murder hornets,” can wipe out bee colonies within hours and have stingers long and powerful enough to puncture beekeeping suits.

Beekeepers in Washington have already seen the hornets devastate their hives; Japan attributes 50 human deaths a year to the nasty buzzers, which have “teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly,” according to the New York Times.

TIME reported:

If the hornets continue spreading through the state, officials worry they could have a devastating affect on Washington state’s — and the U.S.’s — bee population. The many crops that rely on bees for pollination would then be seriously affected. Officials don’t know how the insects got into the U.S., but they’re bracing for the hornets to start emerging soon, as they become active in April, according to a press release from Washington State University (WSU). The hornets are at their most destructive in late summer and early fall, per the release.

“At this time, Washington State Department of Agricultural has implemented an aggressive outreach and trapping campaign,” Rian Wojahn, the eradication coordinator for the WSDA, told TIME in an email. “Local beekeepers and other agencies are also helping get information out and using our trapping protocols to deploy traps.”

Twitter users responded with a mixture of horror and humor about the insects.

“The stuff of nightmares….” wrote Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

“Doesn’t God want to save anything for 2021?” asked writer Gary Janetti.

“If you’ve been wondering when this whole COVID thing will end, I’m thrilled to announce it will almost certainly be on the exact day the murder hornets decide to ramp shit up,” quipped Justin “Hoops” McElroy, co-host of My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast.

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