Jul 15, 2020 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, August 2020

Mantids Threaten Hummingbirds

Both the mantis and the hummingbird are anticipating a meal. Photo by JeffreyW / Flickr.
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A potential threat to hummingbirds may be lurking in your yard. The photos are too gruesome to publish, but there are plenty on the internet of mantises killing hummingbirds. Three species are common across North America (praying, Carolina, and Chinese). Many gardeners appreciate these insects because they voraciously eat garden pests. But if there is a mantis on your nectar feeder, you’d be wise to relocate it to your vegetable garden.



About Dawn Hewitt

Dawn Hewitt is the editor at Watching Backyard Birds and Bird Watcher's Digest. She has been watching birds since 1978, and wrote a weekly birding column for The Herald-Times, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Indiana, for 11 years.

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