Yes, According to my understanding, the Mantis can catch a Hummer.
One was said to be witnessed in PA.
The idea is to (at best) keep a food supply for the Mantis in a distant location away from the hummers feeders and plants.
Try to keep the hummers feeders airborne in the middle of nowhere like on a line where they can see everything and where a mantis won't hang out.
My Mantis are usually found any time in the same location I put them.
I have my feeders where there is clear view for them to see a mantis. Although, the Mantis’ have good hiding techniques. I'm quite sure the hummer has a better eye to spot them and knows to do so.
I do and I will spot Preying Mantis’ nearly every single time I look, which is very often, to make sure the coast is clear for the hummers.
Keep in mind, Hummers eat lots of insects and bees that we need and enjoy.
You need to supply all their (the garden workers) needs with food to protect them all!!
So there you have the chain of life, everyone has their friend and enemy in the garden.
OH...*lol Where ever did you read that? I don't believe the Preying Mantis is the biggest thread to the Hummers and there is no way possible for them to swallow a hummer all at once! Consume most perhaps, but not at once.
Where ever did you read that? They do not have snake mouths *lol ...And if you have ever observed a Mantis eating his/her prey you will see they eat nearly as slow as a sloth!
Catch them rather quickly, but then just sit there and munch forever.
Please lead me to your writer...*lol!
I read some of the Mantis’ write up (from the link) there were many untruths!
Not based on any fact whatsoever! I guess the reader tried, but needs to research before writing information like that, as if they knew what they were talking about.
**** Always read more about a subject; one is limited to their own knowledge when writing and needs to get facts by reading more. Seeing documentaries and breeding/ raising them. Then one can own some facts! Please don’t believe all you read from one source! Any source…. unless you have trust in the author because they presented information that you have researched and proven to be based on facts.
Also some beneficials are not good for all Gardens
(Family Pieridae) (Peiris Genuc type)
Cabbage Butterfly or Small Cabbage White (The Imported Cabbage)
(known and described as the Diamond Back Moth (butterfly) will do a devastation to my small crop and yet farmers can use them to rid weeds from their land that attract pests that eat their crops.
Research a little ..some lacewings are said to be plant eaters just like Katydids.
Know your species.
BTW after the age of 40!*LOL
May it never be, 69-75yrs old "maybe"... but 40...No Way! *LOL