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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
This is a previously unpublished picture I took of what was left of a poor hummingbird after being attacked by an Arizona Bordered Mantis. It was found dead in the feeder with its breast eaten cleanly out in a circular pattern. I had seen the mantid on the feeder and assumed it was just eating bees.
I went into the house and came out an hour later to find this. The full-grown mantids usually show up in late summer. I now relocate them to the bee dishes or across the street. The one below was well fed on bees and showed no interest in the hummingbirds. I would have stepped in if necessary.
Picture by Tom Vaughan
ON A MUCH LIGHTER NOTE, WATCH THIS TRAILER FOR THE 1957 film "the deadly mantis"
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