2020 was the year of scary bugs, and 2021 will be even worse

(CNN)In biblical terms of awfulness, 2020 ticked every box: There was war. There was famine. Above all, there was pestilence.

And there were scary bugs.
There were so, so many scary bugs. Weird worms, poisonous caterpillars and all sorts of invasive whatnots added a little spice to our quotidian pandemic anxieties. And of course, hovering above it all, there were murder hornets.
Unfortunately, it's not over. In 2021, the largest brood of cicadas in the United States, appropriately named Brood X, will awake from a 17-year sleep and burrow out of the cold earth, ushering in a new season of baroque bug horrors.
Before that particular nightmare (literally) bursts forth, take a look back at the year in scary bugs.

Murder hornets

Ah yes, two of the worst words, back to back. Murder hornets, also known as Asian giant hornets, made quite the entrance in May, when they were spotted in the United States for the first time, in Washington state. How did scary bug scientists know they were dealing with this specific pack of invasive flying nightmares? The decapitated bee carcasses were a big clue. Asian giant hornets can get up to two inches long, and can kill a person with multiple stings. The name certainly fits, and these suckers stuck around for most of the year, haunting the spaces of our minds not already occupied with the other horrors of the day. Luckily, it looks like murder hornets take a little break from being evil in the winter, so we have a respite before they rear their murderous heads once more.

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