I wanted to take a picture of a copper pod tree which was in full bloom  from my balcony. I noticed something green on the flower was surprised to see that it was a Praying Mantis. It was camouflaged so well that anybody would have just passed it out for a leaf. I wanted to have a closer look at it and found that it  had trapped a blue banded  bee and was  feasting on it.

These fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Praying mantis feeding on a honey bee

More interesting to find another brave bee come and trying to save the trapped bee.

A brave bee hovers around the mantis trying to save the trapped one

The brave bee took on the praying mantis, hoping that the mantis will release its prey. But the Mantis was very focused, went on to devour the bee.

The brave bee on the mantis trying to save the other bee

The brave bee had to let go, I was really amazed that a bee can risk its life to save another  bee whose life was in danger. It was an amazing sighting for me, as our Guruji  always  says that if we keep our eyes open, Nature never disappoints!  Its just a matter of looking around, learning to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.

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