Thursday, September 20, 2007

Monarchs Eating, Being Eaten, and Mantis Eating Caterpillars

This evening before sunset a large flock of gulls (I think, something like that) descended on the neighborhood.

In the strong SE wind they'd turn long corners, glide, then pump back to start their circles again diving and swooping. Were they gorging on monarchs migrating above? Monarchs were gorging on my matrona sedum, three at a time.

The bees kept wanting in to the shots....
The preying mantis had just finished off an orange caterpillar on the hardy aster: one segment was left--alas, no pic of that. It was washing one of its claws. Then it ran about 80mph away on the ground. Fast buggers.

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