Came across these pictures online today and I thought they were crazy!
I bet this hummingbird was thinking he should have said his prayers last night!
The mantis captures the bird with a swift swipe of its forelegs.
The mantis impales the hummingbird’s chest with its foreclaws.
From the website:
Though we tend to think of hummingbirds as cute, dainty little things, in reality they make bold and fierce competitors. They don’t let their guard down for a moment while defending their territories from other hummingbirds. They must also watch out for other animals that might prey on them, such as American kestrels in North America or tarantulas in South America. Praying mantises are also known to capture and kill hummingbirds, as a reader from West Chester, Pennsylvania, describes. – Bird Watcher Digest