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Awesome Video Shows How Japanese Bees Deal With Murder Hornets -- And Ted Cruz Is Loving It

In this April 23, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a researcher holds a dead Asian giant hornet in Blaine, Wash. The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state and entomologists are making plans to wipe it out. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the Asian giant hornet has a sting that could be fatal to some humans. It is just now starting to emerge from hibernation. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Recently, a lot of reports have been published about the somewhat troubling news that so-called “killer hornets” have been found in Washington state. They’re an Asian breed of hornets that grows to be two inches long and that’s famous for completely wiping out beehives.

The genocide these hornets love to commit against bees — especially American and European bees — is reason enough to fear them, but it gets even worse. As Al Jazeera reported Tuesday, these hornets’ sting can actually be deadly for some humans too.

Todd Murray, a WSU Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist, tells the network that, “It’s a shockingly large hornet. It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees.”

Honey bee breeder Susan Cobey agrees. “They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face!” she is quoted as saying.

Yep, they’re truly monstrous. Hornets from hell. Satan’s very own insects.

There is good news, however. As this video shows, Japanese honey bees have adapted to the presence of the killer hornets and have found ways to fight back.

This video rightfully made the rounds on Twitter on Tuesday, with Brandon Morse describing the way Japanese bees deal with the hornets from hell as “brutal but satisfying.”

The video’s biggest fan, however, may very well be Ted Cruz. The Texas senator retweeted Morse’s tweet and added: “OK, this may be the coolest video ever. Murder hornets defeated!”

Coolest. Video. Ever. Indeed!