mantis

Praying mantis

Mantis

Mantis

Here’s another garden beneficial…an interesting, alien looking predator.

A fun fact from the Texas A&M Entomology site:

While they consume pests such as flies, crickets, moths and mosquitoes, they also devour other beneficial insects, including each other. Larger species (especially those in tropical areas) will chow down on lizards, small mammals and even hummingbirds.

Lizards? Small mammals? Even…hummingbirds? WOW!