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I found a praying mantis on my hive today just chowing away on a bee. I don't know how many bees 1 mantis could consume, but I grabbed (his/her) butt and tossed them away from the hive. I didn't kill it because I know other than eating my bees they are beneficial insects. Any thoughts or comments???
 

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I have seen a few bugs that have sort of a shield shape (like an old coat of arms type shield). Anyway they were on the front of the hive with a worker impaled on something sticking out of its head -- presumably sucking out the fluids. I wish I could have taken a picture. I saw three or four of these back in the spring but none since.
 
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