Shocking video shows 'murder hornet' being pinned down eaten alive by praying mantis
Screengrab: Twitter

Just when most of us thought that 2020 couldn’t get any worse (what with the deadly pandemic and all) the news that “murder hornets” could soon be making their way near us was far from ideal.

But never fear: because it seems like there’s certain creatures which can kill (or murder) the murder hornet.

Firstly, a video emerged of a group of Japanese bees working together to cook a murder hornet to death with their body heat, which was pretty cool.

But if keeping a hive of Japanese bees to protect yourself isn’t your thing, now a gruesome video of a praying mantis killing and eating a murder hornet has been doing the rounds on social media.

The clip starts with the mantis completely still as it watches the Asian hornet, which can grow to two inches long, is known to kill up to 50 people a year in Japan.

It suddenly springs forward with its long front legs, gripping the hornet tight while it starts to peck away at the hornet’s head, eating its brains.


It’s not clear where the video originates from, but it gained hundreds of thousands of hits after being posted on Twitter, where it’s been giving people nightmares.

So it looks like murder hornets might not be so lethal after all.

All you need is a praying mantis to defend you... but just make sure it doesn't end up eating your brains too.

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