Meanwhile, back home in Tustin the buddleia is a great spot for mantises seeking prey. Buddleia in bloom attracts lots of butterflies and other nectar feeders.
Nearby on top of the highest flower on the same shrub, this nearly mature female Stagmomantis californica perches on top of the highest flower awaiting prey.
Wait long enough, and a fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) provides her with a juicy greeen meal,
leaving a trail of wings spread across the white flowery site of its demise.
Then, I found this beauty flirting with the sedum nussbaumerianum in our nursery.