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.
More bugs and critters:
- ladybugs and other beetles
- caterpillars and butterflies
- honeybees and bumblebees
- other bees and wasps
- other bugs