They really like the dwarf melon flowers. Perhaps because there's much less competition from carpenter bees than in the squash blossoms.
I had thought this might be a Great Spangled Fritillary but these two seem way too small for that species.
by the Gunnison River in Black Canyon of the Gunnison
would like to find a good on line resource for grass skippers of Colorado, there sure seem to be a lot of them
this was seen midway down the E. Portal Road down to the Gunnison River
the beautiful green of this butterfly caught my attention; unfortunately did not get any of the upperside of the wings.
this was taken on the way down into Black Canyon of the Gunnison, about halfway down from the top to the Gunnison River below on e. Portal Rd
on a bridge crossing over the river just west of Morrow Dam on the Mesa Creek Trail
Not sure of ID but does sound like there is a lot of variation in the pattern on the wings
I found pictures of this butterfly on someone's butterflies of Colorado page but not sure of the ID; seems like there are several butterflies that are fairly similar
This one was in close proximity to all the other butterflies I am posting at this location on Mesa Creek Trail just west of Morrow Point Dam
not sure of this ID, saw this and several different butterflies within a few feet of entering the Mesa Creek Trail just west of Morrow Point Dam in Colorado. I think it is unusual for this species to be this far north but not unheard of
Vespula of some species/caste? Mimic? Why is it so fat and fuzzy?
Drinking from lamb's ears flower in the third photo.
Drinking from a bean flower, with a Gray Hairstreak in the background. Right after I took the first photo another bee came and landed right on top of him/her (3rd and 4th photos), and they flew off attached. A mugging?
I am interested in seeing what kind of pollinators people find in their area. Some think it is just honey bees, but it is so much more than that.
Butterflies, skippers, moths, , birds, bats, beetles, flies, mosquitoes, ants, wasps and bees.
What are you seeing on the flowers right now?