What a busy buzzing place it was, this stand of Purple Conflower, Black-eyed Susan, Daisies, and Coreopsis, with bees and beetles and butterflies filling the air above and around the flowers with constant motion.
This clear-winged amber dragonfly stopped by, probably to check out the breakfast possibilities among the buzzing horde.
Update: I'm pretty sure my friend Sue has nailed the ID, citing the amber wash on the wings as diagnostic. She thinks this is a female Band-winged Meadowhawk. A glance at Google Images for this species appears to confirm her ID.
In one of the big bright flowers I found two spiders lurking among the petals, no doubt waiting to snag their breakfasts, too.
This tiny bright-green bee had already packed her baskets with pollen and was going in for more.
When she landed on the flower where the spiders crouched, I held my breath, waiting to see which spider would attack first. As it happened, neither one did, although the little yellow one did venture close to the bee and then retreat. I wonder if it meant to defer to the much larger spider also lurking there. At any rate, the little bee escaped unharmed, lifting off with her heavy burden of yellow pollen.
On a nearby Purple Coneflower, an orgy of bug love was taking place, as two pairs of long-horned flower beetles literally "hooked up," joined at the tips of their abdomens by a long transparent appendage I can only assume is a buggy penis.
Out on the country road that runs by the house, the Sweet Goldenrod was starting to open its tiny florets, signaling to pollinators to come and eat. Many tiny hoverflies had answered the invitation.