Natomas Flyers at Ninos Parkway

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Birds, Butterflies & Insects Abound

From early Spring until the last days of Fall, grasslands are an abundant source of vibrant wildflowers and swaying grasses. These plants provide pollen and nectar for pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. They are host plants for butterfly and moth larvae, and they attract insects and produce seeds for hungry birds that make grasslands their home. Look for dragonflies soaring above the waves of undulating grassland plants hunting smaller insects, including mosquitoes.

Convergent Ladybug Beetle Hippodamia Convergens

Green Sweat Bee Agapostemon sp.

Painted Lady Vanessa Candui

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Common Checkered Skipper Pyrgus Communis

Green Lacewing Chrysopidae sp.

Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna

Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus

Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly Sympetrum corruptum

Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon

White-lined Sphinx Moth Hyles lineata

Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana

Yellow-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli

Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Vivid Dancer Damselfly Argia vivida

Blackmailed Bumble Bee Bombus melanopygus

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Green Darner Dragonfly Anax juniu

Leafcutter Bee Megachilidae sp.

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