Photographs Capture Cardinal Versus Praying Mantis

Photo courtesy Ellen DiNallo

  BAYVILLE – Have you had the chance to see a praying mantis in person? Sure, maybe. But have you ever seen a praying mantis fight off a bird?

  Over the weekend, backyard wildlife was bustling as a local captured a strong encounter between a praying mantis and a cardinal.

Photo courtesy Ellen DiNallo

  “The female cardinal was trying to attack the praying mantis, but he would not allow it,” said Bayville resident Ellen DiNallo, who witnessed the interaction on her back deck.

  Ellen was able to snap some photos of the show-down before the bird flew away.


  “These pictures are the most amazing I have ever seen,” Ellen added.

Photo courtesy Ellen DiNallo