Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Praying Mantis vs Bumble Bee

My mother was visiting over Labor Day weekend. We went for a walk in Ft. Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan and came across a flowering plant that was full of bumble bees - huge bumble bees. I was busy taking pictures of the bees when she noticed a praying mantis eating one of them. We watched her munch away for awhile and then noticed another praying mantis that was stalking a bee. She slowly moved toward the bee then reached out and grabbed her (last photo). The bees were eaten alive. It was one of the most fascinating and horrific things I've ever seen. And as my mother pointed out, if they'd sprayed with pesticides, those insects probably wouldn't have been there.

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