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Butterflies, Dragonflies and the flowers that attract them

We’ve got a few wildflowers to attract the birds and butterflies.  I don’t know what most of them are.  I think the ones I enjoy most are the ones that are not so obvious.  They are like a hidden treasure when I stumble upon something I haven’t previously noticed.  Look at these adorable little blue flowers!  The flower isn’t even as big as my little fingernail.

blue, yellow and white wildflowers
Tiny wildflowers

The Western Swallowtail butterfly is such a busy little thing!  I haven’t seen one land yet!  It’s really hard to get a focused photo of a butterfly when they won’t sit still.

Western Swallowtail
Western Swallowtail

A dragonfly’s head is almost all eyes.  I just read, this morning, about dragonflies:  A funny fact is that the dragonfly has 6 legs but cannot walk.  Dragonflies have up to 30,000 facets in each eye, with a 360 degree view, but they can’t see details very well.  Humans can see better than a dragonfly but only to the front and side.

Male, Whitetail Skimmer dragonfly

This is a male, Whitetail Skimmer dragonfly.  The female’s body is brown instead of white.