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The Monarch and the Mantis

A gravid praying mantis, her abdomen bloated, grabs a migrating monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're rearing monarchs or offering them a “way station” of nectar-producing flowers in your yard, there's one thing you don't want to see: A praying mantis nailing a monarch. That's when the "pollinator friendly garden" seems more like a...

A gravid praying mantis, her abdomen bloated, grabs a migrating monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A gravid praying mantis, her abdomen bloated, grabs a migrating monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A gravid praying mantis, her abdomen bloated, grabs a migrating monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis, perfectly camouflaged, resembles a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis, perfectly camouflaged, resembles a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis, perfectly camouflaged, resembles a leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A spiked foreleg circles the monarch's thorax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A spiked foreleg circles the monarch's thorax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A spiked foreleg circles the monarch's thorax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The spiked foreleg pierces a wing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The spiked foreleg pierces a wing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The spiked foreleg pierces a wing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Find the Praying Mantis!

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Whether you call them "praying" mantis or "preying" mantis, one thing is for sure: they are difficult to find. Tucked away in vegetation and as quiet as "the proverbial mouse" (except praying mantids are more quiet than the "proverbial" mice), they are...

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun gives away the location of this praying mantis hidden in a bed of lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dead Tithonia leaves camouflage this praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very gravid female hanging out in the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are all green leaves, right? No, there's a green praying mantis here, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:34 PM
Tags: camouflaged (2), honey bees (346), lavender (28), ootheca (9), praying mantis (86), stealth (1), Tithonia (51)
 
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