Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mantis Eats Hummingbird

A lot of people come to me and say "what's up with your blog name?" I'll tell you what's up...I need the name for stuff like this, published in Bird Watcher's Digest and referred to me by my friend Adam.

This ambitious mantis managed to spear and eat a freaking HUMMINGBIRD. Have a look:

Mantis_hummingbird

From the article itself:

As you can see from the photographs this hungry mantis captured and killed a hummingbird not much smaller than itself. The hummer measured 2 inches and the mantis was about the same! 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.


Mantis_hummer2

Sometimes I imagine a world where insects are giant, but not too giant. Not like, towering six-legged Godzillas, but just the size of dogs. If praying mantises were even the size of dachsunds, humanity would be in serious trouble. Not to mention actual dachsunds...

2 Comments:

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Nics said...

ahhh no!! you've been hit by the ad monsters. the pictures are unbelievable! you seem to be a step ahead of the british tabloids Jeff, the pictures of the snake stuck on the wire fence were in the Sun a couple of weeks ago.

 
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