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Watch Out!

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The hummingbirds seemed apprehensive. They'd fly to the feeder, stop in mid-air, and turn back. What was keeping them from the feeder? A closer look revealed what the casual observer wouldn't notice:  a praying mantis. Was the mantis a predator...

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Two Predators, One Prey

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you just can't win for losing. This morning a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) began drying its damp wings,  preparing for flight. It had just emerged from its chrysalis. Soon it would be off to do...

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis snares a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp is an uninvited guest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The presence of the uninvited dinner guest does not go unnoticed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM
Tags: eat (1), European paper wasp (14), passionflower vine (35), praying mantis (89), predator (15), prey (21)

Poor ol' Ladybug

Cellar spider traps and wraps a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The lady beetle, aka ladybug, was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We don't know how she managed to get tangled in the cellar spider's web or why the cellar spider opted to have her for dinner instead waiting for a tasty honey bee, a nutritious...

Cellar spider traps and wraps a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cellar spider traps and wraps a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cellar spider traps and wraps a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cellar spider proceeds to eat the ladybug, an insect that scientists agree is
Cellar spider proceeds to eat the ladybug, an insect that scientists agree is "foul-tasting" to predators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cellar spider proceeds to eat the ladybug, an insect that scientists agree is "foul-tasting" to predators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM
Tags: cellar spider (2), ladybeetle (1), ladybug (20), predator (15), prey (21)

The Predator

Jumping spider eating a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I know. Jumping spiders have to eat, but do they have to snag the bees? Last weekend as we were checking the lavender patch in our yard, we noticed something partially hidden--and moving--on a post. It was a jumping spider eating a honey bee. Later in...

Jumping spider eating a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jumping spider eating a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jumping spider eating a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jumping spider eating a sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jumping spider eating a sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jumping spider eating a sweat bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Moving fast, a spider heads for prey.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Moving fast, a spider heads for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Moving fast, a spider heads for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM
Tags: honey bee (196), jumping spider (16), predator (15), prey (21), sweat bee (18)

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