Two is company Three is Death !!

monarch 6 2018

Sometimes things hide in plain site and those things can be deadly !!

While photographing Monarch butterflies in a field of New England Asters the other day near my home, in Madison Indiana, I came across these two lovely Monarchs and followed them closely for about fifteen minutes.

I spent the entire time completely enthralled with their movements and feeding patterns. Even though the wind was blowing pretty steady at the time I was able to capture several good images from the shoot.

And as I said before sometimes things can hide in plain site, even though I spent considerable time observing these two wonderful gems little did I know that the grim reaper was at their door, in the form of a Carolina Mantis. It wasn’t till I got home and downloaded the images on my computer did I notice the beast.

Hard to believe an insect so ferocious and larger than life could have been right under my nose for so long and I never even had a clue. And that is probably why they are at the top of the food chain in the insect world. And we won’t even bring up their sex life lol !!

I worked the area with the Monarchs for around fifteen minutes and then moved on not knowing if the predator got it’s prey or whether the butterflies escaped with their life’s. I guess that is one of the many mysteries of nature.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

12 thoughts on “Two is company Three is Death !!

  1. It’s a mantid eat butterfly world out there, although the monarchs don’t seem too concerned. They must be aware of the mantis but feel protected by the toxins they ingested as larvae. Nice shot of them, Bernie. It’s aster season here now too.

  2. Saw your handle on Steve Gingold’s blog and somehow decided to see who your are. I really like y0ur photos and my goodness are you lucky to have all those monarchs to photograph. The best year I had for monarchs and queens has been five and six years ago. I think I saw maybe two on the frostweed and none thus far this year. Your photos are excellent.

  3. I have done the same thing many times, not noticed everything in the picture until later. The best one I ever found was a long-billed thrasher! I sure wish I had noticed it when I was in the spot and could have tried for more pictures. But this shot of yours takes the cake! And with a perfect 6-word story for your title! I am so glad I visited today.

  4. WOW! That’s close call for that Monarch. I hope it got away, especially since it most likely had no idea what was behind it. That is one Huge Mantis. I’ve never seen one so large. And the coloring is so different from what I usually see–mostly green. Thanks for sharing!

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