The variety of insects found at Bandelier is astonishing. The park is home to a diversity of butterflies, tarantulas, beetles, and tarantula hawks.
A Great Spangled Fritilary enjoys a brief stay at a blooming butterflyweed.
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A colorful Milbert's Tortoishell visits a flower and displays its colorful wings. This butterfly is not very commonly seen in the park.
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A close-up of a dragonfly's face as it begins a molt.
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A Golden Orb Weaver is suspended from its glistening web.
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Male tarantulas are often seen in the autumn when they must leave their burrows to seek a mate.
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Queen butterflies look a lot like Monarchs and are closely related.
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The riparian zone in Upper Frijoles Canyon attracts a number of fritilaries to the blooming cow parsnips.
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