Mantis vs. a Monarch

Can a praying mantis catch a monarch?

Yes, it can. And yes, it does.

It was Sept. 14, 2013.  As I approached a Vacaville supermarket, I noticed pink lantana blooming furiously near the entrance, and then, a familiar-looking butterfly quietly sipping nectar.

"Ah, there's a monarch," I observed.

I wasn't the only one watching the monarch.

A female praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, was watching it, too.

In a nano-second, it was all over. 

A meal for the mantis. 

One less monarch to migrate. 

Yes, it can. And yes, it does.