Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nature is beautiful and harsh

While wandering through the arboretum this afternoon, I was scanning the milkweed plants, looking for monarch caterpillars, when I noticed a butterfly, hanging oddly still.

a monarch, hanging oddly

Mantis eating a Monarch butterfly
Closer inspection revealed the butterfly was in the clutches of a large praying mantis.

in her grasp
Sad for the butterfly, yes, but this is nature, no less than a lioness devouring a zebra. Powerful. Beautiful. Life and death.
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