Mantis Eats a Butterfly
Photo and caption by Austin Strifler
I was outside one day with my camera just taking some macros of flies on some flowers, and then I saw a butterfly. I tried a few times to get pictures of it but it kept flying away as I moved closer. The last time it landed, it suddenly started flapping it's wings but not flying and started moving strangely. Then it just froze and all I saw was its head moving. Upon further inspection, I was amazed to find that the butterfly was in the grasps of a hungry mantis that had been hiding under a group of flowers.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States