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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Mantis Vs. Hummingbird

Who would have thought praying mantis and hummingbirds were such archenemies? Check out the related videos also. Quite amazing for a feisty little bug.


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8 Comments:

Blogger Escovado said...

Have you seen this?

Mammoth Golden Orb Weaver Spider Eating A Bird In Australian Backyard Caught On Film.

8:29 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Yes, I had seen that one.

The words "mammath" and "spiders" together give me the willies.

8:33 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Matt Waymeyer said...

My 12-year-old daughter and I had a spirited debate this morning, and we need you, Fred, to settle it for us. She felt sorry for the sparrow, but I said the bird had it coming.

What say you?

8:48 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Matt Waymeyer said...

Uh, I mean hummingbird.

8:50 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

I wasn't gonna say anything about your sparrow screw up. Glad you self corrected.

I have mixed feelings:

Yes, there is an element to the fact the hummingbirds are all arrogant, "Look at us! We're hummingbirds! We can fly faster than a bullet! How dare you hang around our feeder you inferior bug?!"

Yet, there is something unnerving about a praying mantis intruding into the hummingbirds' feeder in order to snatch one out of the air.

So I am not sure where I come down on the hummingbird/praying mantis debate.

9:05 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger P.D. Nelson said...

It is obvious that Northern Praying Mantis style beats Humming Bird style every day of the week.




word verification: haicavou

9:16 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Matt Waymeyer said...

I’m with you on having mixed feelings, and I’m actually a lover of hummingbirds, but it seems to me that you have crossed the line into judging the motives of the praying mantis. Sadly, Fred, this is very common on the blogosphere. I have seen a higher standard here at Hip and Thigh in the past, but this time you have disappointed me.

See, you portray the praying mantis as “intruding into the hummingbirds' feeder in order to snatch one out of the air,” and yet you have no way of knowing that this was his intent. Perhaps the praying mantis was on his way to help out a creature that was suffering when it was surrounded by this ruthless gang of bug-hungry hummingbirds. How could we really know for sure? And in the absence of knowing, isn’t it better to believe the best?

The hummingbirds, on the other hand, clearly had evil intent, and the praying mantis was therefore justified in snatching one out of the air.

9:28 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger donsands said...

Cool video.

Mantis' definitely are to be feared. The Hum-min Bird was foolish. I guess he never saw this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqEccYXxaAY

7:49 PM, March 09, 2010  

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