Battle of the Predators

A few mornings ago I saw a praying mantis just outside my front door.  I rushed to get my camera and as I took the pictures, I wondered why she continued to pose for me.  Then I realized that a spider web enveloped some of her feet.

Praying Mantis Stuck on Wall

Stuck in an invisible spider web

I broke off the strand of web as best I could and let her climb onto a broom handle to find a new home.  I don’t know if the spider had already bitten her or not, but she still seemed to have some of her senses.

Praying Mantis and Rocky

Praying to Rocky Raccon for her good fortune

She chewed off some of the webbing on her front foot.  I don’t know if she could get this matted mess off of the back foot.  I didn’t want to try and get it myself, concerned that I might accidentally crush her foot.

Praying Mantis with web on foot

Foot covered with web

Moving her to a new home on the hierba santa plant, I wished her a speedy recovery.

Praying Mantis on hierba santa

New home on hierba santa leaf

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