This Video of an Asian Giant 'Murder' Hornet Being Eaten by a Praying Mantis Will Haunt You

A new haunting video has surfaced on social media showing an Asian giant "murder" hornet, being eaten alive by a praying mantis.

In a video posted to Twitter by Nature is Metal, the praying mantis can be seen attacking the murder hornet from behind. The hornet begins to fight back, trying to sting the praying mantis, but it is unsuccessful. Soon after, the hornet stops fighting back as the praying mantis begins to eat parts of its head, and by the end of the video the praying mantis can be seen holding a headless murder hornet.

Praying Mantis eats Murder Hornet

— Nature is Metal (@NaturelsMetal) May 7, 2020

The somewhat terrifying video comes as the Asian giant hornet, sometimes knows as murder hornets, which gained its name from its large size and aggressive behavior, was sighted for the first time in North America. There have been four sightings of the large insect, with two in Blaine, Washington, and two in British Columbia.

The hornets are native to the Asia-Pacific region, and on Saturday, The New York Times published a report detailing their unusual migration to the Americas, sparking concern across the continents. They have also been found in Europe.

Shortly after, different videos of the hornets surfaced across social media showing the strengths and weaknesses of the insects.

In one video, posted to Twitter by Welcome to Nature, an account that posts different videos of animals and insects, a murder hornet can be seen attacking a small mouse. In the video, the hornet can be seen attaching itself to the back of the mouse for about a minute, as the mouse tries to fight it off.

Toward the end of the clip, the mouse can be seen getting weaker, and eventually gives up, followed by the hornet flying away as the mouse lies on the ground, breathing heavily.

Hornet and mouse locked in a fight to the death

— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) May 3, 2020

In another video that surfaced on Twitter, a murder hornet is shown being attacked by a swarm of Japanese honeybees.

"The way Japanese bees deal with murder hornets is just brutal but satisfying," Brandon Morse wrote as a caption to the video. It is unknown where the video originated, though Morse pointed Newsweek to a YouTube video that someone shared on Reddit. However, the video gives no indicators of where the footage came from.

Asian Giant Hornet
An Asian hornet flies on September 14, 2019 in Loue, northwestern France. Asian giant hornets have recently been sighted in the United States and Canada. Jean-Francois Monier/Getty

According to Katy Prudic, an associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, the Japanese honeybees have developed an "ambush defense," that helps them combat the murder hornets' large size and deadly stinger.

The way Japanese bees deal with murder hornets is just brutal but satisfying.

— President-Elect Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) May 5, 2020

"Japanese honeybees have evolved an ambush defense against these hornets. When a hornet scout finds a honeybee hive, the honeybees lure her in, then collectively pounce on the hornet, beating their wings as much as they can," Prudic said during a recent conversation published by the University of Arizona News. "This flurry attack raises the temperature around the hornet, eventually killing her and a few of the honeybees closest to her. The hive will remain undiscovered to the hornet colony and live to see another day."