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  1. #1
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    Default This is why we can't have nice things...

    ...because other things eat them.

    I left him alone...and he's been on the hive for a couple of days. I figure he really can't be doing a whole lot of damage.

    This bee was still alive while she was being nibbled on. She eventually got lose and I picked her up to look at her. She had a bite mark on her. Didn't look too serious. I don't know if she ended up making it or not.

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    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    I love the praying mantis. I usually have some around the house.

    One stayed on a hummingbird feeder pole for about a week a few years ago catching yellow jackets. I would even bring him a grasshopper and feed him like a pet.

    Then I had one that I found eating a tomato hornworm. That was very beneficial.

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    I am surprised the bees did not gang up on him and get rid of him. I have seen them get rid of bumbles, red wasps, and daddy long legs.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    Just had one at the house two weeks ago. Did not know they were carnivorous. Have not seen one by the hives. Also had a walking stick last weekend. Cool pics.

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    They are interesting insects. I have caged and fed them, kept them as pets for a while. Kids love them.

    Most are pretty tame and will walk on your finger and let you hold them after a short while. And they are carnivorous, you can feed them crickets or any other insect flying around.

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    I just wonder how he caught that bee. I have this mental image of a bee flying past at a full 18 mph and the praying mantis snapping her out of the air. I suppose the more likely scenario is that she landed or crawled across his claws.
    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    They have catlike reflexes and stealth. Probably caught it in mid air.

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    Thought I read where the mantis will prey on hummingbirds and can inflict injury on humans...

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    Default Re: This is why we can't have nice things...

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    I love the praying mantis. I usually have some around the house.

    One stayed on a hummingbird feeder pole for about a week a few years ago catching yellow jackets. I would even bring him a grasshopper and feed him like a pet.
    I have read where they will eat hummingbirds.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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