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   Undertoad  Saturday Aug 13 01:56 PM

8/13/2005: Praying mantis kills hummingbird



A Saturday special? I guess. Boing Boing finds this item from Birdwatchers Digest, in which this gruesome scene is captured. West Chester PA native Richard Walkup describes it thusly:

As you can see from the photographs this hungry mantis captured and killed a hummingbird not much smaller than itself. The mantis used its spiny left foreleg to impale the hummingbird through the chest while leaving his right leg free.

We surmised that the mantis ran the hummer through and dangled its full weight on its foreleg while he consumed the flesh of the hummingbird from the abdomen. After he had his fill, the mantis gave his foreleg several swift jerks and freed his leg.


Ew. But totally amazing.



Elspode  Saturday Aug 13 02:00 PM

Wow. Breast of hummingbird? That's probably a pretty rare delicacy, even in the insect world.



wolf  Saturday Aug 13 02:02 PM

West Chester is a much tougher town than people realize.



chrisinhouston  Saturday Aug 13 02:12 PM

I've been seeing a lot more hummingbirds here in Atlanta where I am staying to look after my parents. The other day I was sitting at my desk and one landed on a branch outside the window to take a break. Seems like you rarely see one sit still for very long. He ket bobbing his head back and forth while he rested as if he couldn't stand to be perfectly still. Then he flew off in search of more flowers.



Saknussem  Saturday Aug 13 03:56 PM

Today a hummingbird, tomorrow . . .THE WORLD!!

Would that be a Smorgasbird?

sorry



Happy Monkey  Saturday Aug 13 04:17 PM

Zorak!



Perry Winkle  Saturday Aug 13 04:26 PM

Damn...that's pretty damn ninja. I never knew mantises had realultimatepower!



wolf  Saturday Aug 13 06:17 PM

Why do you think those ancient Kung Fu guys copied their moves?



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 14 12:35 AM

That's incredible. 1- That a Mantis can do that. 2- That it ate it's fill and threw the rest away.



lumberjim  Sunday Aug 14 01:54 AM

did you know that if you fold your arms into a mantis like pose, and sway side to side in front of a mantis, it will attempt to attack you? no shit. try it next time you see one. it's fucking awesome. i saw a guy do it at work once. it flew right at him. he was just fucking around imitating it. he spazzed like a little girl.



Cyclefrance  Sunday Aug 14 07:30 AM

Sure is a charismatic little fella - the way he pulls the birds...



Trilby  Sunday Aug 14 09:06 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
West Chester is a much tougher town than people realize.
Girl, you crack my shizzle UP!


footfootfoot  Sunday Aug 14 05:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Girl, you crack my shizzle UP!
Indeed, Wolf is da explosive device.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 14 07:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyclefrance
Sure is a charismatic little fella - the way he pulls the birds...
Hmmm.....Brit humor....ah, humour.


Leah  Sunday Aug 14 07:32 PM

Yuck I hate those things, I'd have to squish it and save the bird.



Hobbs  Monday Aug 15 10:52 AM

Holy crap! My wife and kids were holding one of these things Saturday night! Has anyone every picked one of these things up? These are the one of the most intimidating insects you'll ever run across. It's head and bodies will weave and bob and turn it's head while it tracks your movements around it. Thing looks like it could f*** you up if your not careful.



barefoot serpent  Monday Aug 15 12:57 PM

praying mantis = faith-based predator or is that preying mantis?



RobPett  Monday Aug 15 02:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
did you know that if you fold your arms into a mantis like pose, and sway side to side in front of a mantis, it will attempt to attack you? no shit. try it next time you see one.
What are you, nuts? Did you SEE what it did to that hummingbird?? You'd be takin' your life in your hands, pal...


Queen of the Ryche  Monday Aug 15 02:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
praying mantis = faith-based predator or is that preying mantis?
praying that another hummingbird flies past so he can prey on it........


Happy Monkey  Monday Aug 15 02:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
praying mantis = faith-based predator or is that preying mantis?
Praying.




cjjulie  Monday Aug 15 08:58 PM

i do believe the Praying Mantis is the Connecticut state bug



Happy Monkey  Monday Aug 15 09:56 PM

When I was in kindergarten I brought a praying mantis and a grasshopper to show and tell. When I opened it, I had a praying mantis and some grasshopper wings.



Leah  Monday Aug 15 10:00 PM

I bet you cried



wolf  Tuesday Aug 16 02:30 AM

Despite what we've been told all our lives, apparently it's not illegal to kill them.



footfootfoot  Tuesday Aug 16 06:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by RobPett
What are you, nuts? Did you SEE what it did to that hummingbird?? You'd be takin' your life in your hands, pal...
Welcome to the cellar RobPett. And yes, LJ is nuts but we love him anyway.


cjjulie  Tuesday Aug 16 10:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
When I was in kindergarten I brought a praying mantis and a grasshopper to show and tell. When I opened it, I had a praying mantis and some grasshopper wings.
oooooops


Leah  Tuesday Aug 16 10:33 PM

Yeah, and he cried



BigV  Tuesday Aug 16 10:51 PM

It wasn't show and tell for me, but we used to get a mayonnaise jar and poke some holes in the lid. Then the bug safari would begin! We'd catch all kinds of bugs and put them in the jar together. It was a tiny bug-star cage match. We put in ants and earwigs and june bugs and butterflies and grasshoppers and worms and bees and spiders one on one.

The BEST match of all time was the [announcer voice] in this corner, wearing the green trunks, crawling in at four inches long, with a 1 1/2 reach and hooked claws, PRAAAAAAYING MAAAAAAAAATIS! His opponent, in the yellow and black trunks, an acrobatic flyer with a poisonous sting, YELLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOW JAAAAAAAAAAAAACKET!! Death Match.[/announcer] Putting them both in and shaking the jar really good probably hurt the praying mantis more than the yellow jacket, but it was no match really.

Evil flying villian with a poisonous ass notwithstanding, it's a praying mantis' world, baby. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, snatch, bite, dingdingding. The winnah and still champeeeen! The Mantis!!!!



Leah  Tuesday Aug 16 10:55 PM

Oh my god, those poor little critters. The spiders must have had a field day eating anything they desired, and silver service also.



Queen of the Ryche  Wednesday Aug 17 12:05 PM

Hey BigV, did you also light your Matchbox cars on fire, pretending they crashed? If so you coulda hung out with my big brother.



BigV  Wednesday Aug 17 02:05 PM

Fire was a pretty big NO-NO! This lesson was very effectively reinforced with pain on my backside, so, I had to imagine that part. But we crashed the Hot Wheels (Matchbox sucked) *all* the time. We flew them down the stairs, loop the loop, hurtled them across the kitchen floor to wedge tightly under the fridge, where they could only be freed with the butterknife-of-life. The pets never took much notice of them though. The cats would screech (sometimes) and leap out of the way and the dog was smart enough to recognize that the sound of the cars in the big round tire shaped carrier meant that it was time to go outside and lie in the grass. Booorrrring.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 17 02:27 PM

Quote:
Fire was a pretty big NO-NO! This lesson was very effectively reinforced with pain on my backside,
Worked too, didn't it.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Aug 17 07:19 PM

Some have said that the mantis will spit in your eye and blind you. I saw a guy try to prove that wrong by putting his smartass eye less than an inch from the insect, holding it wide open in defiance.

The mantis popped the shit outa his eyeball. Eye swelled shut for two days. Bob doesn't do that anymore.



footfootfoot  Wednesday Aug 17 07:37 PM

How I never got caught playing with fire I'll never know. We were pretty careful except this one time...

Hmm. that's another thread.



BigV  Wednesday Aug 17 07:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
How I never got caught playing with fire I'll never know. We were pretty careful except this one time...

Hmm. that's another thread.
Well.

We'er waiting.





Lucy  Wednesday Aug 17 07:55 PM

So. Who would catch fire flies, tear off their 'fire' and wear it as jewelry?



BigV  Wednesday Aug 17 08:01 PM

We caught lightning bugs too. In jars we collected them, but always intact. I don't remember taking them apart, to use as jewelry or as bait or as anything else.



wolf  Thursday Aug 18 01:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucy
So. Who would catch fire flies, tear off their 'fire' and wear it as jewelry?
My sadistic cousins did that. Up until that point I had never heard of such a thing. I must admit, it was kinda cool.

I was a stick 10K of them along with a small handful of grass in an oddly shaped plastic bug bottle with a faux leaf in the middle and have them slowly starve to death as I let them gently light up my bedroom from the dresser kind of kid.

To this day lightning bugs are one of about three insects or arachnids that don't totally freak me out (the other two are ladybugs and daddy longlegs).


Hobbs  Thursday Aug 18 11:15 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucy
So. Who would catch fire flies, tear off their 'fire' and wear it as jewelry?
And once you were done with them you'd put them back together...right? A needle and thread, a little Bactine, kisses for love and you'd send them on their way...right?


Queen of the Ryche  Friday Aug 19 10:20 AM

my hubby and his cousins would paint with their luminescence - on the sidewalk, themselves, each other..........

my dad would bring home liquid nitrogen from work accasionally - I'd freeze flowers and leaves and then - CRACK! - break them on the porch.......my brother however would try things like lizards........to this day I have nightmares of poor little lizards shattering in a million pieces.........



footfootfoot  Friday Aug 19 12:43 PM

Or the rolling stones,

...sha doobie, I've been shattered...

I read about "tracer boogers" where you stick fire flies up your nose and then forcefully expell them, giving the effect of a tracer round I suppose.

The fire thread will start tonight if the inchinchinch goes to sleep at a reasonable hour and SWMBO doesn't have a plethora of things for me to do.

In other words, don't hop up and down on one leg and hold your breath.



Lucy  Sunday Aug 21 06:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hobbs
And once you were done with them you'd put them back together...right? A needle and thread, a little Bactine, kisses for love and you'd send them on their way...right?
Nope. Once we tore off the fire, we tossed the rest. We were children, 8-9 years old, living in SE Ohio. It was this or hanging out at the pool hall.
And that was too far to walk from the country.

My pop used to go down to Will's Creek with my uncle Mick and they would feel for snapping turtles. Can you imagine, walking along the banks of a small creek and sticking your hand into a hole in said bank, all the while, hoping the durned old turtle hadn't backed in. They did that sometimes. I tagged along a couple times and carried the burlap sack.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 21 08:42 PM

LUCY!! You were a bag lady?



Lucy  Sunday Aug 21 08:45 PM

LOL! I hadn't thought of it that way, but yeah! I guess I was. LOL!

Snapping turtles get damned heavy too.



zippyt  Sunday Aug 21 09:48 PM

did you also light your Matchbox cars on fire, pretending they crashed?

No No No , You are suposed to save a few bottle rockets from the 4th , you break off the sticks and tape them to the cars , 3-4 works best , the hard part is getting them to all go off at the same time , smothe concreete is best , when it works it is KILLER , WHOOOSH !!!! BAM !!!!!! then smoldering wreckage , ahhh to be a kid again !!!!!!!

In Okanowa JP, we used to catch these BIG ass Preying Mantisis and the BIG ass banna spyders , put them in a shoe box and watch them fight , the Mantis ALWAYS won !!!!!!!!



Clodfobble  Sunday Aug 21 11:11 PM

Zippyt, when were you in Okinawa? My husband spent several years there.



zippyt  Sunday Aug 21 11:30 PM

84 I think



Clodfobble  Monday Aug 22 10:40 AM

Huh... He was there from around 82-84 I think. In some school for American kids, but I can't remember the name.



Undertoad  Friday Aug 12 04:19 PM



xoB sends this along. And elspode had it in his FB feed too. which reminded me to post it here and resurrect an old IotD.



richlevy  Saturday Aug 13 07:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
West Chester is a much tougher town than people realize.
And up until now all I've been scared of there are the meter maids.

BTW, I read a sci-fi story where a guy encountered alien praying mantises who all looked like beautiful women. It didn't work out well for him.


CaliforniaMama  Saturday Aug 13 09:02 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
praying mantis = faith-based predator or is that preying mantis?
Praying, because when they are at rest they fold their arms into an attitude of prayer.

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