I went out to stroll through the garden early one evening when I saw a bright red spot in the garden where there shouldn't be one. I found a volunteer salvia had popped up. I was quite surprised to find this because it has been several years since I have had one of these small red salvias in the garden.
Then I spotted a butterfly on the underside of a hosta bloom. I thought it was taking refuge there because it was getting late and the wind was blowing like crazy. I got my first shot and I wondered why it sat still while I got so close.
When I moved to get a better angle I saw why it didn't fly away. A preying mantis had it.
The mantis continued to eat the butterfly as I continued to try to get better pictures. As macabre as it may seem it was fascinating to watch the mantis gobble it's dinner.
This garden marauder was only about 3 inches long. Now you see why I chase away the big ones from the hummingbird feeder. They could catch a hummer and devour it too.
Have you found anything unusual in your garden lately?