The Asian giant hornet— nicknamed 'murder hornet'— has arrived in the United States. Reports of their lethal venom and ability to kill humans are quickly spreading.
Originating from the forests of East Asia, murder hornets can reach 5cm in length. They have stingers with painful toxins that can dissolve human flesh.
If there's one thing that's not afraid of this deadly bug, it's apparently a praying mantis!
Nature is Metal has recently shared a video on Twitter showing a praying mantis overpowering a giant hornet.
What a Horrifying Scene!
Footage of the shocking moment captures the praying mantis quietly eyeing the murder hornet from a few inches away.
Suddenly, the praying mantis springs towards the unsuspecting hornet, grasping the bug between its legs.
A fight between the two creatures ensues. But after a few seconds, the praying mantis quickly gains the upper hand.
The praying mantis then begins biting the murder hornet's head.
Eventually, the praying mantis brutally breaks through the hornet's head.
What Does a Murder Hornet Look Like?
Susan Cobey, a bee breeder at the Washington State University's department of entomology, said:
"They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face."
The insects are more than double the size of honeybees and have a wingspan measuring more than three inches.
Why Are They Called Murder Hornets?
These insects have a large stinger filled with venom that contains neurotoxin.
According to reports, a sting from this bug can cause cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock. Multiple stings can lead to death.
While the hornets are deadly to humans, entomologists are more concerned that they could kill off bee populations.
The insects are ferocious and can decimate entire beehives in a matter of hours.
According to Seth Truscott with WSU's college of agricultural, human and natural resource sciences:
"Hornets are most destructive in the late summer and early fall when they are on the hunt for sources of protein to raise next year's queens."
"They attack honey bee hives, killing adult bees and devouring bee larvae and pupae, while aggressively defending the occupied colony."
"Their stings are big and painful, with a potent neurotoxin. Multiple stings can kill humans, even if they are not allergic."
What Do You Do If You See Them?
Don't attempt to remove them yourself. Regular beekeeping suits offer ineffective protection against this hornet's sting.
Department of Agriculture's, Chris Looney advises:
"Don't try to take them out yourself if you see them. If you get into them, run away, then call us! It is really important for us to know of every sighting if we're going to have any hope of eradication."