In early summer, when the yarrow was budding, damselflies were abundant in our wildflower garden.
They often congregated in large clusters. This photo has at least eight damselflies. (Click to see a larger image on Flickr.)
And then came the dragonflies. This twelve-spotted skipper stayed perched for hours.
One afternoon I was exploring the garden when it started to sprinkle. Something large and loud whizzed past my ear, and then I found this big green darner dragonfly hanging onto a black-eyed susan to wait out the rain. Monarch butterflies get a lot of publicity for their annual migration to and from Mexico. Green darner dragonflies also migrate south, though it’s the offspring that return north.
Meadowhawk dragonfly relaxing in the sun.