I have been noticing more and more praying mantis in our region for the last couple summers. I have really never seen them before, and was surprised at how many I found everywhere from hiking trails to hanging out at gas pumps. But, needless to say the population of mantis is getting larger in our state. That is good news for us, in regards to the murder hornets. Turns out, praying mantis and murder hornets have been dueling for centuries and the mantis is predominately the champion in a head to head battle.

But, what about those adorable little birds your Mom has buzzing around her garden? They are not much bigger than a murder hornet. Can a mantis take down a hummingbird?

It appears they can. A video recently surfaced online showing a mantis posted up near a hummingbird feeder. The hummingbirds dont seem to mind the mantis much. A few try to persuade the mantis to leave by giving him a slight nudge. But, otherwise seems to be peaceful. But, much like the current "peaceful protests" we keep seeing online, there always has to be that one guy starting trouble.

Thankfully, Fall has arrived and most of the "creepy crawlies" and even the adorable little hummingbirds will be heading for a long winters nap. Sightings of praying mantis are still popping up, but not for long. May have to wait until next August to witness another nature UFC fight.