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Old 04-13-2009, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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We drove through California recently and have some questions about plants we saw around Palmdale and in the desert around Blythe and Needles. In a field adjacent to the air museums in Palmdale (and other places, too) there was a field of wildflowers (aka weeds, I guess) with purple flowers and yellow flowers. They were low-growing and predominantly yellow.

Around Blythe and west of Needles there were silver-gray plants with bright yellow flowers. Some type of artemisia, maybe? We began to notice them when bugs starting hitting our car. Some sort of butterflies, flying up from the plants and sacrificing themselves on our windshield. They must have been feeding on those plants because they left big yellow spots on the car. I found one little fella in the grill and it appeared to some variety of black and orange butterfly.

Can you tell me about the plants and the butterflies? Thanks.
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