Beware the praying mantis!!
This morning as I was doing my daily plant check, I found a praying mantis in the process of eating a monarch in my butterfly bush. He was expertly disguised, as I looked at him for quite a while before I figured out what it was. I was so sad, then mad, then didn't know what to to. I have heard that praying mantids eat lots of bugs, so they're pretty beneficial. But I decided since he was making a direct impact on my butterfly population, he couldn't stick around. Then when I looked closer, I found another one in the same bush. I guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for them in the future. I got some great photos (though they're pretty morbid I guess), but I don't know how to post them.