Is That an Insect, or a Drone? Now You’ll Never Know Until It’s Too Late

Killer Robot Bees in 3D, coming soon to a theater near you.

Guess Harvard’s not all cheating at quiz bowl, after all: Scientific American reports that researchers at the Kremlin on the Charles have created the Robobee, the world’s first insect-sized flying robot.

It took a decade to get the mechanical critter, which is about the size of a quarter and has independently controlled ceramic wings, into the air. Next, the teams want to develop smaller fuel cells and an “onboard mechanical brain,” because intelligent killer robot bees aren’t a terrifying thought at all. Potential uses: environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and agriculture. It also sounds very useful for ubiquitous real-time surveillance during cicada invasions, X Files-style. Just saying.

Meet your future robot overlords: