Subject: Praying Mantis eating a Cricket?
Location: East Rochester, New York
May 10, 2014 6:50 pm
I saw this praying mantis eating some sort of bug and immediately thought of your site and the occasional bug on bug carnage pics that would be featured, so here you go! The second picture is some other bug at the same location that I see once in a while. It’s probably not a shield bug but is kinda close in shape. Both pictures were taken mid to late September 2013. And thank you for the great website it helped us identify the house centipedes we have and made them a little less creepy to encounter!
Thanks for sending us your documentation of a Preying Mantis eating a Cricket, however we want to correct one misconception in your email. We do not consider anything to be “bug on bug carnage.” We don’t believe the lower beasts kill one another without good reason, like for food or to defend themselves. Rather, we have a Food Chain tag that includes images of insects or other creatures preying upon others for food, and we have an Unnecessary Carnage tag reserved for humans, who out of ignorance, kill lower beasts because of fear, misconception or just plain torture. Your second image is an invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.