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Hummingbird & preying mantis: Guess who came to dinner?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 8:03 am in hummingbirds, Preying mantis.

Preying mantis and hummingbird at feeder. Photo by Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA

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Hi Gary:
I looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw this praying mantis. I went out to take a closer look and saw he was chomping on a bee. I went in to get the camera and the little hummingbird joined him about the same time. Aren’t they cute?
Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA.

Hi Robin:
They are cute … but the hummingbird is probably wise to stay on the other side of the feeder. I saw another photo once upon a time where a very large preying mantis was eating a very small hummingbird. It’s a jungle out there! /Gary

Preying mantis eating bee. Photo by Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA
mantis and bee

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One Response to “Hummingbird & preying mantis: Guess who came to dinner?”

  1. Paresh Kurani Says:

    November 2, 2010
    Gary, where do hummers go in winter? – since last 10 days 3 regular visitors in my patio have disappered… my feeder is waiting for them and so are we…

    for the reference, i have posted a picture of 2 hummers sipping from the feeder…

    Paresh Kurani (PK)
    fremont, CA

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