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The TRUE Flying Ace

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  • Member since
    April 2013
  • From: Minnesota City, Minnesota, U.S.A.
The TRUE Flying Ace
Posted by FlyItLikeYouStoleIt on Monday, May 6, 2013 3:08 PM

Most people would believe that it's somebody like this guy that deserves to be called the top flying ace of all time:

Erich Hartmann.jpg

Well, there's at least one other out there that puts Erich Hartmann to shame. And that is ...... the Ruby Throat Hummingbird. They make more kills EVERYDAY while on the wing than Hartmann could've ever dreamed of achieving in his entire lifetime as they catch many times their own weight in insects every day. And flying skills? Ever see a ME109 or Fw190 stop in mid-air and change direction, fly backwards then hover? All in the blink of an eye? No. The title of top flying ace needs to go to the Hummingbirds.

If any of you guys out there put out Hummingbird feeders and are having trouble with ants getting in the feeder, which will fowl the food, I have a simple solution. 

The Ant Moat. 

Mine, pictured here, is just a PVC end cap that I drilled a hole through. Then I inserted a threaded eye-hook with a nut on each side of the cup and a ring beneath it. Use a little sealer on both sides and fill with water. Since most ant species will not cross water, when the ants are trying to get to the feeder and they go down the hook, when they reach the water it's the end of the road for them. No more Hummingbird food tainted with rotting ant carcasses. 

And, always remember: Never add ANY coloring to your Hummingbird food, and to use only white granulated pure cane sugar and water.


On the bench:  Lindberg 1/32 scale 1934 Ford Coupe and a few rescue projects.

In queue:  Tamiya 1/35 Quad Tractor or a scratch build project.

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:00 AM

Hi .

 I have to go with you on this .They come right up to my face on the front porch where the feeders are , almost like they are saying  "thank you " .I am truly amazed at the little critters .I have on occasion seen one go inverted to catch a bug in midair .Absolutely amazing .      Tanker-Builder

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Posted by the doog on Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:10 PM

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  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Monday, July 29, 2013 10:47 AM

I don't know, doog, he never could shoot down the Red Baron.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Monday, July 29, 2013 12:52 PM

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Posted by the doog on Monday, July 29, 2013 5:36 PM

Ha ha, cute posts, guys----but now I feel bad about hijacking the thread and turning it into a Snoopy thread.

Anyway---we live on the third floor of an apartment complex. I'm surprised to see a hummingbird come every morning to our hanging flowers. Amazing creatures, they are. We were going to get a hummingbird feeder until we learned that you have to change it every other day in the kind of heat we have down here in Charlotte.

Cool idea about the ant trap though!

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, July 29, 2013 5:42 PM

When we lived in Greenville, SC the feeders wouldn't last two days. The first time I saw one I thought it was a big bug till it stopped in mid air. A really cool creature.




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