Praying Mantis Season is Over (At Least on the Deck)

Update: The two praying mantises (manti?) have mated and gone, presumably to make their little egg sacs. The hummingbirds are safe. It is thought by many that the non-native Chinese Mantis is the only one big enough to catch a hummingbird. This is not so. The two I had on the deck were native Bordered…

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Another Praying Mantis has arrived on the deck.

ANOTHER Praying Mantis on the Cam?!

Hmmm. The other one mated and disappeared (off to make her egg sac, no doubt) and now another hungry female native Bordered Mantis showed up. I checked the webcam to see if the feeders needed filling, and there she was right in the midst of them looking around. There are still some bees buzzing the…

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Webcam Hummingbirds 9/9/16

The bees have pretty much left the webcam feeders so I am taking down the saucer feeders and returning the vacuum feeders, as the birds clearly prefer the latter! The praying mantis is back, but she has positioned herself in front of Bill Merritt’s bee pez dispenser. As long as she stays there she is…

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Praying Mantis Update

I checked on the feeder hourly today, and the mantid discovered that the bees really like Bill Merritt’s copper “onesie” feeder. The feeder was accidentally positioned in a “down” position so it was slowly leaking nectar. The mantid set herself under one of the bee dishes about three inches away from the leaking feeder. Almost…

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The Mantis Is Now on a Feeder

The praying mantis was apparently not getting enough action on the bee dish on the other side of the deck and has found her way to one of the feeders. Praying mantises have been known to eat hummingbirds, but it is reportedly a rare event. I know it happens because a few years ago I…

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The Praying Mantis Has Found Her Territory

It seems that my Praying Mantis has claimed one of the bee water dishes as her territory. She was there last night and again tonight. I love bees, but if this keeps her off of the hummingbird feeders, she can stay there. She only eats one per day. If she lays eggs, though, I will…

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Another Advantage of Bee Dishes!

Hmmm. The first predator praying mantis for the season has shown up, but she’s planted herself on one of the bee dishes. I guess the bees are much easier prey for her than the birds. I think I will leave her be for now and monitor the situation. If she starts getting interested in the…

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