Not a MiG. Not anti-aircraft artillery. Not a heatseeking missile. Nope. None of these.

The thing that put a state-of-the-art F-22 Raptor stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia out of commission (for a little while at least) was an insect no bigger than a dime. Well, many, many of them — like 20,000 — but still.

Check out the damage below in living color. The photographs were taken by Carlos Claudio of the United States Air Force.

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Thankfully for the bees, they weren’t disposed of with gas or a really huge flyswatter. Instead, they were spared, in accordance with the savvy decision-making of Tech Sgt. Jeffrey Baskin, who called in a retired U.S. Navy vet and local beekeeper to suck them up with a vacuum and hand them over to brewery nearby. According to the USAF, the bees will produce honey for the facility, so yeah — it all works out in the end doesn’t it?

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