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Wow. I've never seen one this big. the siding it is on is 7" wide. I'm watching him. He's above the hummer feeder.


Carlene


 
Posts: 1822 | Location: NE.Ok zone 6b | Registered: Oct 09, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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PLEASE, RELOCATE HIM ASAP!
I think you've heard me say before that they will kill a humming bird. I saw a "horrible" video on the net a few years ago of one killing and then eating the hummer...I don't want anyone else to have to witness that!
I relocate them to the woods down here, but over your fence might be far enough away...just watch to see that it doesn't fly back.

ETA...additional thought...it was over for the hummer in the video in just a couple of seconds, they are FAST!

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Posts: 5146 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Odd that you should mention this. We had the biggist I have ever seen a few days ago.

I did not know they would or even could eat a hummer.
 
Posts: 5034 | Location: zone 7, West Texas | Registered: Feb 04, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had heard several years ago that a praying mantis could kill a hummer, but I hadn't seen the evidence of it, myself.
So, I googled 'praying mantis versus hummingbird'. Anyone who does not believe that a praying mantis can and will kill a hummer needs to see this video. they will also eat a hummer, it's disgusting and horrible to think it can happen, but it does and can.
 
Posts: 3244 | Location: Holly Springs, MS USA | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Well, I thought they were good in your garden as
they eat the evil bugs? I wonder how common it is that they attack a hummer? I see one or two every summer.


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I just saw a baby-sized one the other day. I've always left them alone, thinking they do more good than harm. Now I wonder.
 
Posts: 4699 | Location: zone 6b, Missouri | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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i will take your word for it and NOT watch the video. don't wan't that visual imprinted on my brain.
 
Posts: 3917 | Location: Northern CA Zone 10a | Registered: Aug 27, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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They are good for bugs. I don't kill them, I just relocate them to a different area.

AND, if you do this...USE GLOVES...heavy gloves. Those razor like things on their front arms can cut us too. That is what they use to kill the hummers.
For one as big as SB's, I would get some kind of container and sweep it off into the container and carry it to a different area. I wouldn't take any chances of getting hurt if it's not necessary!


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Posts: 5146 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I seen the big ones and baby ones around here, and are always glad to see them. I think they are cute, but I'm just strange that way. Wink


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Posts: 7577 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: Feb 12, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I used to find them on the bottom of my Hummingbird feeders all the time. I always got my gloves and relocated them. They are very good predators for "bad" bugs. Useful and really cool to watch. They are quite stealth.


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Posts: 1180 | Location: Houston, Tx Zone 9 | Registered: Jul 13, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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