Praying Mantis on Hummingbird Feeder

@CarolDM (94465)
United States
September 16, 2020 1:51pm CST
Was out snapping photos of the bluebirds and saw this praying mantis hanging out on the hummingbird feeder. Try to sneak up on a praying mantis, and you may be surprised when it looks over its shoulder at you. No other insect can do this. Praying mantids have a flexible joint between the head and prothorax that allows them to swivel their heads. Amazing to learn about nature. These little insects are very interesting to watch. They also have two eyes but only one ear. Sharing more of the little things.
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@myklj999 (47917)
• United States
16 Sep
You probably should have shooed it off the feeder...they have been known to catch hummers
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
I watched him a few minutes when I came in and he finally flew off. I did not know that.
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@myklj999 (47917)
• United States
16 Sep
@CarolDM I only found out last year, there are several videos of it on YouTube
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
@myklj999 I was just reading more about them. I had no idea. They often get lizards and frogs too.
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@NJChicaa (89256)
• United States
16 Sep
I love them!
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
They are cute.
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@JimBo452020 (22143)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep
Wow, You get those Praying thingies there where you are? I have never seen one of them before. We deffo do not get them in Scotland
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
Yes we do. This was on my deck. They are cool. But I don't want them eating my hummingbirds.
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@JimBo452020 (22143)
• Montrose, Scotland
17 Sep
@CarolDM Can you stop them eating them?
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
@JimBo452020 If I make him leave, which he did on his own.
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@kobesbuddy (108193)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Sep
This is so interesting, I wonder why they only have one ear! I love learning about these things, thank you Carol:)
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
No idea, maybe because of their size. You are so welcome.
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@kobesbuddy (108193)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Sep
@CarolDM Some days, Jay has no ears! LOL Is he secretly a praying mantis?
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
@kobesbuddy Well, maybe!
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@Torunn (6989)
• Norway
17 Sep
That's so cool! About how big is it? No insects like that here, and now they're all going in winter hibernation I think.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
About 3-4 inches long.
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@Torunn (6989)
• Norway
17 Sep
@CarolDM That's a big insect. Never seen anything that big. Maybe I should go on a insect safari once.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
@Torunn These are very cool to see up close.
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@Ronrybs (10389)
• London, England
19 Sep
Don't think I have ever seen one, in the wild. Something to go onto the 'To Do' list
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
19 Sep
This was on my deck feeder.
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@Ronrybs (10389)
• London, England
20 Sep
@CarolDM Don't think he'll catch any hummingbirds, though!
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
20 Sep
@Ronrybs I hope not.
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@LindaOHio (46767)
• United States
17 Sep
Great capture! That's a rare sighting.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Thanks, I hope he leaves my hummers alone.
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@LindaOHio (46767)
• United States
18 Sep
@CarolDM I read about that. Did NOT know that was possible that they could attack hummers.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
18 Sep
@LindaOHio I did not either.
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• United States
17 Sep
i read that such flew off, thank the heavens! the hummers here're keen to come fetch me if'n one 'tis e'en near their feeders. they'll come to the windows if'n i'm 'ndoors 'n peck'n the glass whilst hoverin'. if'n i'm outdoors, they'll e'en go out 'nto the pasture to tattle. fer good reason. yepperz, they'll turn 'round'n give ya the evil stink eye fer certain. get really ticked when ya try to remove 'em from a feeder. i've been shredded by 'em'n the past. my arms looked's though i'd been'n a cat fight 'r wandered throu blackberry bushes. they'll e'en hang out'n my vines, waitin' fer a meal - e'en a hummer.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Oh my goodness, that is so cool they warn you! Did not know they would go after the hummers.
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• United States
17 Sep
@CarolDM yes ma'am, they know where to go fer protection most oft. sadly the ferals'll hide'n the trumpet vines'n snag one....makes me furious 'n very sad. those mantis 're somethin'!
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx Nature is something else.
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@nawala123 (17870)
• Indonesia
17 Sep
It is predator, be aware
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Gone now.
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@nawala123 (17870)
• Indonesia
17 Sep
@CarolDM relieving
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@Nakitakona (34867)
• Philippines
17 Sep
This kind of insect is unique for having one ear but have 5 eyes. Two regular eyes and 3 simple eyes.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Yes they are rare and very cool.
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@Nakitakona (34867)
• Philippines
18 Sep
@CarolDM Yes they're amazing.
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• Austin, Texas
17 Sep
Great photo!
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Thanks!
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@Tampa_girl7 (41334)
• United States
17 Sep
You got a clear up close shot
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
I used a zoom and still was very close.
@id_peace (12059)
• Singapore
17 Sep
I would generally chase it away or to kill it as it may attack the huming birds.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
It is gone now.
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• Santiago, Chile
17 Sep
I would freeze in panic, if a mantis was on me.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
He was not on me, the bird feeder.
@wolfgirl569 (32631)
• Marion, Ohio
17 Sep
Good photo. They are interesting bugs.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
17 Sep
Thanks, have not seen one in awhile.
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@snowy22315 (97851)
• United States
16 Sep
They aren't as common as they used to be. I haven't seen one for several years now.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
This was my first in awhile too.
@FourWalls (27800)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Sep
They can swivel their heads to bite off their mate’s.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
I know I know, he is not cute any more. And not welcome.
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@marlina (108079)
• Canada
16 Sep
I wonder why they have only one ear?
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
No idea. But they can hear vibrations.
@thelme55 (51358)
• Germany
16 Sep
That looks good. I didn´t know that it has only 1 ear. Very interesting info. Thanks for sharing.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
You are welcome.
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@pjmurphy (1877)
• United States
16 Sep
Thanks for the nature lesson. Always something to learn in nature.
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@CarolDM (94465)
• United States
16 Sep
You are welcome, I love learning.