Yessir, using my rudimentary hillbilly mathematical skills, I concluded that I had more bees than praying manti (isn't that the right pluralization?), and therefore didn't even take it off the top of my hive.
Cool sight to see though... get any pictures? My brother once raised pray mantises(is that the right pluralization?) from othaca's, with are those little semi-hard cocoon things you find attached to stuff.
I watch waves of dragonflies scoop up mine, once in a while one will try to grab one too large and it will get away. Never seen a mantis by the hives. I have a book from the 1920's called beekeeping in the south that list dragonflies as the largest danger to queens on mating flights in the state of Florida.
Caught this one under the entrance of the hive with a bee on video a few years ago. Not really entertaining to watch some bug eat one of your bees, but I'm with Mike on this one. I found it fascinating to watch how the mantis works. Best viewed at the higher resolution of 480p. http://www.youtube.com/user/acbees#p/u/13/h7GSafRYY8w
amazing... and disturbingly fascinating. I wonder if there's a particular reason why this mantis started with the bee's thorax? You're right, it was rather gross. I love mantises, love bees more, hate it when they come together like this. But, such is life. Thanks for sharing.
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