There was a lot of butterfly activity today in the gardens with Monarch butterflies and a few other types. I observed something different this afternoon. I first noticed a Monarch that looked strange with only the wings showing on a Lantana plant; the body was not showing. Then I noticed a Praying Mantis close by on a branch of the Lantana plant. The mantis got the Monarch and had eaten a good part of the butterfly. I felt kind of bad but that is what happens in nature. To counteract that, I saw a swallowtail caterpillar on a bronze fennel plant today. Not sure if it will live to become a butterfly because the weather is supposed to get a lot colder.
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA