Dragonflies seem to like an area near Skalkaho Pass southeast of Hamilton. Bob Danley visited Mud Lake about a mile east of the pass on the south side of the road. It's a short hike to a boardwalk (see photo below) that takes you across a bog and gets you in amongst the dragonflies. Bob has seen at least 10 species of the nimble insect including the Hudsonian Whiteface (photo below), Sedge Darner, Lake Darner, Subarctic Darner, Taiga Bluet, Ocellated Emerald (photo above), Paddle-tailed Darner, Ringed Emerald, Variable Darner and the Zig-Zag Darner (photo below).

Elsewhere in the valley, a few wildflowers are surviving the heat. They are the Canada Goldenrod, Common Sneezeweed and White Prairie Aster (Photos below). And a butterfly species that is clustering around Ponderosa Pine trees, especially at the Bass Creek trailhead, is the Pine White (photo below). Get out there, take care with sunscreen and plenty of water and be careful with fire, as the Bitterroot Valley continues to dry out in the summer heat. The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal can be heard Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m. on the radio at 1240 AM KLYQ, online at klyq.com and on your cellphone with the free app.

Mude Lake boardwalk. (Bob Danley Photo)
Hudsonian Whiteface Dragonfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Zigzag Darner dragonfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Wildflowers in Bitterroot in August. (Bob Danley Photo)
Pine White butterfly. (Bob Danley Photo)