[Tweeters] Photo of Praying Mantis Capturing a Hummingbird

Jane Hadley hadleyj1725 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 14:08:04 PDT 2017

A pretty amazing photo is making the rounds of the Internet. This photo
was apparently taken by Tom Vaughan, a photographer in Silver City, New

A Swiss professor, Dr. Martin Nyffeler, asked Vaughan for permission to
use the photo to accompany a paper Nyffeler is co-authoring for the
Wilson Journal of Ornithology entitled "Bird Predation by Praying
Mantises: A Global Perspective."

Apparently the paper will report that most of the predation reports are
from the US and often are of hummingbirds frequenting feeders or plants
in gardens. The species most frequently reported to be captured by
mantids is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

You can see the picture at: https://goo.gl/N4iQUX

Jane Hadley

Seattle, WA

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