RJM, I forgot to thank you for the Praying Mantis info! I've gone back out there looking for her but can't find her anywhere. She may have moved on or is in one of the other plants. From the description the area that she was in is a prime place for her to lay her eggs. I sure won't be cutting down those flowers or stems even after they dry out until next year!
I did get a couple of different butterfly photos! And a couple of bees. There were some huge bees on these plants along with all of the honeybees and butterflies. None of them seemed to mind me barging into their little world
I thought at first this was a Monarch Butterfly, but after looking it up online I don't think it is. Maybe in the same family? If anyone knows what it is let me know! Edit: I found out this is a "Painted Lady Butterfly"
This is a side view of the same butterfly. It was as beautiful on the outside wing as on the inside, it has a lacy look. Oh, I just noticed the 2 honeybees in the photo too!
I know this is a Skipper Butterfly of some kind, but I can't find the exact pattern online. The closest I could find was a Northern Blue, but I don't think thats exactly what it is. It was very delicate looking though. Edit: Found out this is an "Eastern Tail Blue Butterfly"
And last but not least the big old bee! This was close to an inch long! But I'm not sure if its a bumblebee. It has yellow but no stripes