Dragonflies eating all my butterflies - What to do?
We closed on a house back in June and I've been planting away, mostly nectar plants so far mixed in with other ornamentals, but have finally found some host plants too and planted them. (Aristolochia, passion vine, asclepias tuberosa)
Anyhow, I already have seen quite a few different kinds of butterflies and have monarch caterpillars on my milkweed. BUT, when I sit out there watching, it seems that just about every single butterfly that comes to visit gets eaten by the dragonflies. I was excited to see a skipper and a hairstreak that I hadn't spotted before, but, they were eaten before I could identify them positively.
Should I just chalk it up to the "great circle of life" and pat myself on the back for providing food for the dragonflies or is there something I should do to scale back the numbers of dragonflies? They are perched on almost every plant waiting for the poor butterflies to arrive.