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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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Are Bees Actually Using the Webcam Bee Dish? YESSSSS!

The bees are going to the feeders less and less (even on the vacuum feeders that you cannot see on the cam.)  Yay!  And the bees are proving my theory that they are primarily after water.  The bees are now using the cam bee dish and the other bee dishes I’ve set up around the…

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What on Earth Is That Yellow Thing on the Cam??!!

It’s another step in the bee battle!  The bees have thinned out on the deck, but there are still several of the little buggers buzzing on the cam.  I’ve given them their own water dish close by the feeders so they don’t have to fly far to get the water.  They are more attracted to…

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Bees Scored – Thanks to Mr. Squirrel

OK.  Now I see one of the problems.  Mr. Squirrel came to have a drink and spilled food out of the feeders.  The bees immediately came in for the VIP feeding.  Darn!  Just when very few of them were coming to the cam feeders.  I had to remove the vacuum feeder and will keep the…

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Bees Are Losing Ground on the Feeders!

After four days of replacing the vacuum feeders with saucer feeders, I think the bee population is officially stymied. At least that’s true on this corner of the deck. I’m trying to train the bees to go to the far corner of the deck by enticing them with water dishes. Many of them are satisfying…

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Hummingbirds vs. Bees: The Battle is On!

The battle is on! It is so dry here in Southern California that the bees are desperate for water. A lot of bees were showing up on the deck and I was able to keep them occupied with water dishes. That was working well until the rest of the hive showed up today. I’m still…

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Hummingbirds Sharing Nectar with a Squirrel!

Who says hummingbirds don’t share? Mine not only share with each other and some local orioles, they are now sharing with Mr. Squirrel! Thanks Nancy Ruslander Haas for scapping this from the webcam!

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