DRAGONFLIES

Here are a couple dragonflies I saw at Bubbling Ponds recently. The Flame Skimmer is a dragonfly of the Southwest, they are native to western North America. Their distinguishing characteristic is dark red-orange body. The females are usually darker than the males. The Blue-Eyed Darner is a common dragonfly in the western United States, spotted… Read More DRAGONFLIES

BLUES

Here is a comparison of the Acmon Blue and the Melissa Blue butterflies. The Acmon Blue is the most common of the gossamer wing family. They have a row of orange spots along the edge of the hind wing. They are less than an inch in size. These butterflies are found throughout the southwest, although… Read More BLUES

ZEBRA SWALLOWTAIL

Here is an old photo of a cool Zebra Swallowtail. The wing shape has long tails. They are found in eastern North America- southeast Canada and eastern U.S. Zebra Swallowtails are dramatic flyers, at times called a Kite swallowtail. The caterpillars are green and the host plants are various pawpaws.