Monthly Image: Praying Mantis vs. Monarch Butterfly

The Butterfly Bush in front of the house attracts all kinds of insects, including Monarch Butterflies (shown here on the Goldenrod planted in the garden):

Monarch on Goldenrod - left
Monarch on Goldenrod – left

This year, the bush also attracted a Praying Mantis:

Praying Mantis in Butterfly Bush - 2019-09-05
Praying Mantis in Butterfly Bush – 2019-09-05

Then lunchtime happened:

Praying Mantis vs Monarch - 2019-09-11
Praying Mantis vs Monarch – 2019-09-11

A closer look:

Praying Mantis vs Monarch - detail - 2019-09-11
Praying Mantis vs Monarch – detail – 2019-09-11

Now, if that isn’t enough nightmare fuel for you, find some in your own neighborhood.

5 thoughts on “Monthly Image: Praying Mantis vs. Monarch Butterfly

  1. Creatures living in the wild are playing in a tough league. There are few second chances.

    I love Monarchs and grow milkweed to help them along. However, the Mantis know what it must do, to survive.

    “Ya gotta eat or ya die!” So says Donald H. Konen a/k/a The Sage of Brandy Lane.

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