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July 28, 2010


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I don't know, tachnid flies kill my beloved monarchs, who you know are in very low population numbers these days.


You caught some really good shots. That is one smart praying mantis. Hang in there on the v. b. I find it attracts tons of butterflies here but they should come to yours too.


The pic with the fly perched between the two flowers is a great capture.

Noelle / azplantlady

I too, am amazed at how well praying mantis are able to camouflage themselves. Once I spot them, I love watching them :-)


Hi Kathleen, those mantis do look like something from outerspace. We had one just outside the front door to the office, probably because the outside lights are on all night. It laid what I think was a group of eggs on our ninebark bush.

I'm being careful to cut the flowers off plants that host butterfly caterpillars. Not 100% safe but safer than having a mortal enemy buzzing a few inches from the caterpillars.


They do look like teeny tiny aliens. Love how he turned his face to you when the camera clicked. ;)


Those flies sure are pretty. Too bad they're butterfly killers. Fabulous photos of them!
The mantis is a clever fellow indeed. I haven't seen one yet this summer, but had the privelege of watching 3 butterflies feed on and dance together above the buddleia yesterday - 2 black swallowtails and a monarch. What a treat!

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