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Old 08-31-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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It was one of the little Black-chinned hummers, born this year in the area. One of MINE...at least I feel like it was. I found it earlier today in the clutches of a preying mantis on the Flame Acanthus...and I was angry. Angry because it was dead, angry because it had been pure beauty and life and exuberance! And would not be joining the others on the trip down south to Mexico. I have its little body to bury and can only hope its family KNOWS. How terrible if they do not know, to only be able to wonder what happened the sweet little guy. I know it's probably not a good idea, but with my heart hurting for it and its family, I named it Sweetie. I believe it will go to the other side and be all those things again that it was. Goodbye, Sweetie!.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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By by Sweetie....Letting you know, tears are falling...How sad it is to loose such a treasured beauty..
By taking it away... You may have determined the fate of the Mantis as well.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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Ohhhhh, that's so sad! I just saw one flitter by my balcony without stopping today but I'm hoping to see it again. Most of my inviting flowers are done for so who knows. So sorry you lost that little jewel.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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I saw her brother nectaring a while ago. I prayed for him to survive and father some baby hummers next year. I'd seen the two flying around and playing together so many times! Some creatures seem so close to heaven, your heart just skips a beat when you see them. I'll miss little Sweetie so much! The Praying Mantis won't be killing anymore hummers, that's for sure!
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:19 PM   #5
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Sounds like he met his fate sooner than expected.
I saw my first adult mantis last week. I was really surprised by how HUGE he was! I expected them to be MUCH smaller.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:49 PM   #6
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I've seen photos of a praying mantis nabbing a hummingbird before but I never "knew" anyone who had it happen. God.... I feel really sorry for you. That woulda ruined my whole day.... no... my whole week.
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