18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Praying mantis feasting on a butterfly

A praying mantis who was well camouflaged on a bull thistle plant caught a butterfly who was enjoying the thistle and ate it in its entirety.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Photo Location: Goldens Bridge, New York, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Lisa Basile Ellwood