Not a Good Day for a Bee

A gravid praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, crawls out of a patch of African blue basil, and begins checking out the honey bees.

Decisions. Decisions. Dozens of them are buzzing around, gathering nectar for their colony. They are not aware she is there.

Finally, the mantis, her abdomen bulging with a future ootheca, spots a bee just above her head. 

She knows the ambush move well. Soon spiked forelegs grip the bee, her dinner.

It was a good day for a praying mantis. It was not a good day for a bee.