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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Praying mantis nails a Western tiger swallowtail

Praying mantis nails a Western tiger swallowtail on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. The butterfly made the fatal mistake of landing on the same flower the praying mantis was occupying.

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Date Taken: 07.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Vacaville, California, United States of America
Copyright: © Kathy Keatley Garvey