I walked in the gardens today, looking for butterflies, and found lots of both butterflies and dragonflies. The prairie and the wetland garden have a few blooming flowers, and even more that are just getting ready to open.
The best butterfly I found was an American Snout. It’s a fairly uncommon butterfly, and I’ve never seen one in the city before. If you look closely, you can see why it’s called a ‘snout’. It has extra-long mouthparts that stick out in front of its face and make it look like it has a long nose.
Bugguide.net – my favorite insect web site – didn’t have an American Snout listed for Minnesota, so I submitted it. Click HERE to see it on Bugguide.
Another good butterfly – a very small one – was a Dun Skipper.
Here’s a Monarch
This is a Summer Azure – another very small butterfly. The tops of its wings are bright blue, but you can’t see them unless it flies. It usually rests with its wings closed, like this.
There were also plenty of dragonflies.
This is the smallest of the 3 species I saw. It’s a White-faced Meadowhawk
Here’s another White-faced Meadowhawk.
This dragonfly is much larger. It’s a Widow Skimmer.
Another Widow Skimmer. Both of these are either females or young males – they have black patches on their wings.
Here’s an older male Widow Skimmer – it has a white stripe as well as the black patch on each wing.
July 10, 2012