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Stranger danger: praying mantis and hummingbirds

While we don’t have as many hummingbirds as we did in the spring, we still have quite a lot. When I went to grab one of the feeders to fill it back up, I found this guy hanging out.


I have seen lizards and finches hang out at the hummingbird feeders but not this guy. I know the Praying Mantis is a beneficial but something made me investigate a little further. I am so glad I did. Use caution before opening up that link, it’s a pretty depressing. If you don’t want to I will tell you what I read… that a praying mantis can and sometimes will attack a hummingbird and then proceed to eat it from the inside out.


I don’t like this guy very much anymore. However, I was able to take the feeder down and scoot him along. However, not too far away… I will have to keep an eye out on the feeders and make sure he doesn’t return!

Can you believe this? I am probably going to have nightmares now. Thank you, dear internet.