|The Praying Mantis is not
a hummingbird’s friend.
Not long ago, my friend, Debbie Hoofman, posted the picture above on Facebook. That praying mantis is sitting on her hummingbird feeder. She noted that these two creatures are mortal enemies, which I didn’t know.
Guess what showed up on our deck a couple of days later? Yeah. A praying mantis, lurking in the exact spot where one of our hummingbirds hangs out. When our feathered friend’s not sipping sugar water, he rests right there and watches over HIS feeder. Some hummingbirds don’t share well.
|Dibs on the wire!|
|Notice the Praying Mantis’
change in posture!
When the insect twisted around and stretched out toward him, the hummer flew away. Did you hear my sigh of relief?
|I Double-Dog Dare you!|
However, my sigh was premature. That crazy little bird came back again and again until I interrupted the standoff. Deprived of his lunch, the mantis moved on.
|That little bird would not stay away.|
The praying mantis is a stealthy hunter that employs quick reflexes to use the barbs on its forearms to pin down its prey. With a head that can turn 180 degrees, it doesn’t miss much. It’s also patient and can remain motionless for long periods.
I was happy to learn that hummingbirds aren’t the mantis’ first choice of nourishment. They prefer wasps and other bugs and have to be pretty hungry to attack hummers. So if you spy one near your feeders, do what the National Audubon Society suggests and move it out to your garden or flower bed. It’ll rid you of lots of pests.
|A mother’s nightmare!|
I’m a confessed coward when it comes to risky pastimes, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t engaged in more subtle forms of danger. You don’t have to be a daredevil to get into trouble.
Why do we flirt with danger when we should know better? What entices us?
I found myself praying, Lord, keep me from folly. Give me discernment and wisdom to walk in Your ways.
And may all your days be free from trouble.
love her, and she will watch over you.
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