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Offline doak

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CAUTION/NOTICE
« on: June 28, 2009, 07:45:54 PM »
Those of you who have electric fences and Humming Birds.
Paint your insulators some color un wanting to humming bird's.
Found a skeleton with it's feet still curled around the wire.
My insulators are true yellow, I guess the nail in the center represented the nectar hole.
with it sitting on the wire that was all it took and my fence charger is one of the mildest
I have ever witnessed :'(doak

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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 10:58:49 PM »
wow, that's sad. I'm pretty fond of hummingbirds.
I think they make black insulators (for people just setting up an electric fence). Good advice anyway.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009, 01:42:22 AM »
I thought they got the nectar on the wing. Not landing.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 01:48:33 AM »
I thought they got the nectar on the wing.
They usually do. But sometimes, if a perch is convenient, they will sit. Flowers don't provide perches, but a hummingbird feeder does. I've seen them sit and drink at a feeder.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 07:55:08 AM »
Watch out for those praying mantis around your feeder too.

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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 11:56:42 AM »
Yikes! I've seen plenty a mantis that big, but had no idea they'd eat a bird.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 06:23:15 PM »
They puncture the body and suck it dry. Don't know if they eat the solids or not. doak

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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009, 06:59:55 PM »
They puncture the body and suck it dry. Don't know if they eat the solids or not. doak

Mantids don't suck their food.  They just bite it into pieces and chew them up.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009, 11:55:24 PM »
Can you tell me how they catch the humming bird and kill it to begin with.
I am sure the bird just sits there and lets the mantis start gnawing.
You watch them when they are feeding from a feeder. They evidently know their enemies,
you can tell by the way they stay away  from yellow jackets and other stingers.
Any thing that has a snout and is big enough can land on a humming bird while in flight and puncture
the bird and start sucking.
Again, my question is, how does the Mantis catch the bird in the first place.
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Re: CAUTION/NOTICE
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 01:20:48 AM »
The mantis arms are amazingly strong and have spikes on em so a big one could hold on.  I don't think they let go once they get something. The big mantis probably weigh the same or more than a hummer, birds have very light bones.  I used to hatch out mantis inthe spring then save a few as pets, watching how they eat, grow, shed, then eat grow shed..till they get wings.  The only ones that would make it after fall were the females cause eventually they would mate and we all know what happens then! :evil:
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