We took a break and drove up through Eastern Washington and up into Canada last week.
It was hot there too.
I found these guys in a bit of an alpine meadow in the Canadian Rockies. Lots of thistles feeding the butterflies, and even some honeybees among other small pollinators. .
Best viewed full size with a click.
I believe these are: Painted Lady butterflies, Vanessa cardui
This was there too:
Maybe a small wasp? I'll edit this later when I know.
I found this by Hat Rock on the Columbia on the way home.
Here is a closer crop:
When we got home yesterday since I still had the 200mm macro on the camera I took a few of the swallows swallowing while Theresa watered the garden
. Here's one: