I found these pictures, that I took back in July, and I was wondering what this Praying Mantis was eating…probably a bee. You can see bits of it still left in the first picture and in the second, it’s almost gone except for what it’s putting into its mouth. I did a little checking up and besides bees, they hunt and eat butterflies, beetles, frogs yes frogs, spiders, mice, lizards and small birds…yipes!
You know, I always liked watching the praying mantis…they look so neat. Jimmy hates them though…he says he doesn’t trust them. How can you not trust a “Praying” Mantis? In the first sentence I said, “I always liked” past tense…because I found out they eat hummingbirds…pretty little sweet hummingbirds!!!! sob sob sniff
I’ll probably still be fascinated by them when I see them again in the spring next year…They’re so cute in spring. They’re so tiny that it’s hard to see them, but once you spot one you’ll see hundreds of them. I found out that they live in warm climates, so the frost probably did kill the Praying Mantis in my previous post.
Click here for a short fact sheet about the Praying Mantis.
I’ve always seen the solid green mantis and it’s so well camouflaged, that it kind of startles you when you first come across a large one (about 4 inches long), but they don’t all look like the green ones we have in our area. Click Here to see some different ones…they make our little green hunter look so carefree and innocent looking. I know, I know...they eat hummingbirds.