Prey of the Praying Mantis
Location: Biggsville, Il.
October 9, 2011 7:07 am
I was going to post this to your general comment site but there wasn’t any place for a picture. I took this Tues. Oct. 4th. I assume this was the last Hummingbird in the garden. I have had quite a few Praying Mantises in the garden this year and many butterflies fell prey to them but when I saw this Hummingbird in it’s grasp I was truly amazed. I’d heard stories but only thought they were campfire stories much like a Hummingbird flying south on a gooses back.
Signature: Randy Anderson
We are truly honored that you have submitted your amazing Food Chain images to our website. We would strongly urge you to post a comment to our posting in the event that anyone out there in cyberspace is interested in using your images for some purpose in the future. We cannot stop internet piracy and we realize there are many folks with questionable ethics that might try to steal your images. As least we do not post the high resolution images and people are only able to easily grab the thumbnails. While we are certain that your photos may horrify some of our sensitive readers because Hummingbirds are so beloved, they also represent the possibilities that occur in nature. Perhaps the Hummingbird was old or feeble. A large female Preying Mantis is a formidable hunter and her raptorial front legs have a strong grasp. We also have an image buried in our archives of a Golden Orbweaver that captured and fed upon a Hummingbird. Thanks again for allowing us to share your images with our readership.