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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...

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

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...

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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