It was a big bullfrog sitting in front. I guess he's been picking off bees at night now that they are bearding. He jumped the ten feet back into the pond when I approached. Live and learn.
I walked out into my backyard a few years back and saw the same thing. No bees though. It was pretty wild. We live no where near much water other than a smallish pond close to a mile away. They were THICK in the yard for about a minute or so and then they had moved on.I had a swarm of giant dragon flys descend on my apiary a couple of days ago. They were dive bombing and eating bees for a long time. I have heard about it, but never witnessed it first hand. Nature is crazy.
We have not seen them doing it yet this year, but last year many of the Wingstems had a large Praying Mantis saying Grace just under the top cluster of blossoms, waiting for dinner to fly in. As you say, a single Praying Mantis near the hive entrance won't eat many, but one on each on some thousands of plants in a ten acre field might.I tend to find big Paying Mantis (sp?) on the front of the hive near the entrance. They are big but I doubt they can eat that many bees but who knows.
i found a big dead praying mantis on the top of an inner cover at the center hole yesterday. the bees got their revenge.I tend to find big Paying Mantis (sp?) on the front of the hive near the entrance. They are big but I doubt they can eat that many bees but who knows.