Monday, August 27, 2007

A Love/Hate Thing


First sighting this summer!

I love mantids because they are so exceptional-looking, and as they stay in one spot or move slowly much of the time, they're an easy bug to watch. And, they don't try to fly in your mouth or skitter up yer leg, like so many other insects.

What I hate about them is their omniverous nature. They don't just eat aphids and mosquitos and pests like that, they also eat ladybugs, butterflies, spiders and other beneficials. (There
are pictures of them eating hummingbirds, but I can't find authority on that.)

(Sigh) It's a jungle out there.

3 comments:

Neil J Murphy... said...

Mantid eating hummingbird: http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/site/backyardbirds/hummingbirds/mantis-hummer.aspx?sc=birdwireJul2005

Getcha Google-fu mojo working!

Neil J Murphy... said...

Let's try that again. You'll have to copy/paste this into one line, since the comment form won't take the URL all at once.

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.
com/site/backyardbirds/
hummingbirds/mantis-
hummer.aspx?
sc=birdwireJul2005

Paste it all on one line, or just Google 'mantids eating hummingbird' (without the quotes, natch) in Google Images. It's the first result.

Sharon said...

Ya notice how all the hits refer to that first one in Bird Digest?
That's insufficient doc. for me.
But never mind all that, didja like the phot? didja? how about this next one I put up?