• Long House in autumn

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

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Wildflowers

butterfly weed/ marine blue butterfly

Butterflyweed blooms in profusion along wet slopes and attracts a variety of insect life.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Bandelier's wildflower season usually lasts from mid-April until the first heavy frost (usually mid to late October). The volume and diversity of flowers in any given season is heavily dependent on precipitation. A winter with heavy snows often heralds a spring of abundant blooms as does a late summer with repetitive local afternoon showers. Some flowers bloom all season long, often becoming less abundant during the hottest part of summer only to resurge with the start of the rainy season. Other wildflowers can only be found during limited seasons and in specific areas of the park.
 
antelope's horn
Antelope's Horn is one of several types of milkweed that grows in the park.
NPS Photo by Sally King

Did You Know?

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawk hatchlings feed on the still living body of a tarantula captured by their mother. The mother tarantula hawk must fight the tarantula and then drag it to a burrow where she deposits an egg.