The sunflowers made a beautiful yellow glow behind the blooms where the insects opted to land. This Buckeye’s colors were a nice match.
There were grasshopper type insects of several varieties and sizes. This fellow was at least four inches (ten centimeters) from head to tail and could easily leap into the next aisle of the labyrinth in a flash.
Several smaller butterflies, perhaps this is some type of skipper, were around inspecting the flowers.
There were some larger butterflies, I believe this is a Monarch. I was quite surprised that with all these insects I didn’t see any birds within the labyrinth looking for their own lunches.
It’s always interesting to note the objects dragonflies choose to land on. When available they often select stationery man-made objects over natural options. Could it be they prefer not to bounce in the breeze while on a reed or limb? This one certainly had an unobstructed view of any potential prey.
This pole is part of a rusting fence that is around a plot at Magnolia Cemetery.
I don’t know what this plant is but an assortment of butterflies and other insects were attracted to the puffy blooms.
The tufts from the flower heads made me think of thistle but the rest of the plant did not, with no sharp spines in sight.
This little yellow one was the smallest flying insect I saw. The bloom he picked had more of a purple tinge than the others, prettier or tastier perhaps.
The butterflies were all doing the same reaching into the tops of the flowers so they must have been getting something.
This patch was two to three feet deep (0.5 – 1 meter) and ran along the edge of a pond. I could not see over the top from the mowed lawn where I was standing; I resisted getting closer due to the potential for alligators to be hidden in the greenery.
In recent years the dragonflies in our backyard have been nondescript, plain black models, at least as much as I had noticed. This past week we have had a steady procession of dragonflies of different sizes and colors zipping around the yard.
This one worked on some poses on a dried Crepe Myrtle seedpod.