During the early afternoon of 25 August, 1977, a large European mantid, Mantis religiosa Linnaeus, was observed feeding on an adult male monarch butterfly, Donaus p. plexippus Linnaeus (Danaidae) while clinging to the flower head of a blazing star plant (Liatris sp.) on a cactus prairie at the Allegan State Game Area, Allegan County, Michigan.
"Two Observations of Predation on Lepidoptera,"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 11
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol11/iss4/9