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The Monarch and the Mantis

A praying mantis leaps at a fluttering butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It happened so quickly. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) fluttered to the lantana for a sip of nectar when the unexpected happened. A praying mantis, lying in wait, leaped high and grabbed it by its wings. Unable to fly, the monarch struggled...

A praying mantis leaps at a fluttering butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis leaps at a fluttering butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis leaps at a fluttering butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With its viselike grip, the praying mantis holds on to its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
With its viselike grip, the praying mantis holds on to its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With its viselike grip, the praying mantison to its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis tightens its grip. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis tightens its grip. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis tightens its grip. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch, mangled from its encounter with the praying mantis, didn't make it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch, mangled from its encounter with the praying mantis, didn't make it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch, mangled from its encounter with the praying mantis, didn't make it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Coming Right at You

Monarch butterfly nectaring lantana, while a digger bee, Anthophora urbana, heads toward it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not often you see a monarch butterfly and a digger bee in the same photo. Such was the case on a recent visit to a lantana patch at a west Vacaville home. The monarch butterfly touched down on a blossom and was beginning to nectar when along...

Monarch butterfly nectaring lantana, while a digger bee, Anthophora urbana, heads toward it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch butterfly nectaring lantana, while a digger bee, Anthophora urbana, heads toward it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterfly nectaring lantana, while a digger bee, Anthophora urbana, heads toward it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

The Monarch and the Bee

Monarch butterfly watches as a honey bee crawls up a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The mighty Monarch butterfly and the industrious honey bee.How rare we see them together on the same flower.But that was the case last Friday at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden planted next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr....

Monarch butterfly watches as a honey bee crawls up a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch butterfly watches as a honey bee crawls up a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterfly watches as a honey bee crawls up a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A honey bee makes herself at home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms up! A honey bee makes herself at home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up! A honey bee makes herself at home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two's company--a Monarch butterfly and a honey bee share nectar from the same flower.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two's company--a Monarch butterfly and a honey bee share nectar from the same flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two's company--a Monarch butterfly and a honey bee share nectar from the same flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM

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