Red Admirals have black wings, orange bands, and white spots. Widely distributed across warm regions around the world. Found in moist woodland areas. The caterpillar is dark gray with hairs. The host plants are stinging nettle and nectar from overripe fruit or butterfly bushes. These photos are from last summer at the Flagstaff Arboretum.


Variegated Meadowhawk’s are dragonflies that can be found throughout the southern part of Canada, into the United States and Mexico. They are common and widespread, seen around the edges of lakes, ponds, or wetlands. They are active from spring through autumn. I found this Variegated Meadowhawk last summer in northern Arizona.


A native North American hairstreak. Found in open fields, rocky areas, and dry places. They are always near juniper trees, which are their host plants. The caterpillar is green with white spotting. The adults will nectar on rabbitbrush. Here is a photo of one from last summer in northern Arizona.