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While we don’t traditionally enjoy talking about things that actually harm our birds, this particular subject was one we just couldn’t ignore. From a scientific or biological viewpoint, the fact that researchers have found that praying mantid actually feed on small birds is just downright fascinating.
While some data suggests this has been happening since well before the turn of the century, the majority of data compiled on the subject was collected between 2000 and 2015. Researchers have been diving into this issue all around the world, but upwards of 70 percent of all the data was derived from right here in North America.
The praying mantis, by definition, is a carnivorous insect that typically sticks to other insects such as spiders and other small bugs. Using their powerful front arms, they effective trappers, and have also been known to feed on reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, lizards and even small mammals such as mice.