After spending all day in the office conferencing with students, when I got home, camera in hand, I walked around the gardens. It was a lovely fall afternoon and plenty of activity and drama in the flower beds. Look closely here and you will see those nasty ambush bugs ready to attack the butterfly.
The Russian sage was alive with bees of several varieties and lovely butterflies. But lurking in the petals were those nasty ambush bugs. I managed to rescue one painted lady from the death hold of the bug; later I discovered three butterflies that were not so lucky. Breaks my heart to see the beautiful, peaceful creatures fall prey to the nasty attack bugs.
As common as these cabbage butterflies are and plain as they are, they still make a pretty picture. I managed to catch this one in flight.