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Look Out, Hummingbirds... A Praying Mantis May Be About to Eat You

Tom Vaughn

Retired newspaper editor and former National Park Service ranger Tom Vaughn took the above photo of a praying mantis eating a hummingbird at his home north of Mancos about 10 years ago, and posted to the online photo-sharing site Flickr. Years later, the photo is now being featuredin a scientific journal article about praying mantis predation of hummingbirds, and since has gone viral on Facebook. Mr. Vaughn sat down with KSJD's Austin Cope on Friday's Morning Edition to talk more about the photo and the reactions it has received.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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