So, there I was passing the very large bush outside work on Monday, when I noticed it was in full bloom and there were many flutterings going on there. I love observing butterflies and so went over not expecting to find the Hummingbird Moth. There were over a dozen of them flying from one bloom to another and as I was told later, when my friends inside said to one of my other friends, "What on earth is Denise doing?" her reply was, "She's nature watching." My other friend knows me well. I'm an adult so I stopped myself from jumping up and down with glee. The inner child in me gets very excited when I discover something I have never seen before.
The day after I made sure I had my camera with me. That same friend who made the nature watch remark was with me. We were the last ones to leave, everyone else had gone home and I introduced her to our little moth. She had never seen one before either, and so while I kept taking pictures she became a nature watcher too. Now, these photos again aren't as sharp as I would like, but I am happy with them and they will be a lovely reminder of the day I was first introduced to something new. The framed photo above is the same as the one directly below. It is the only photo I have where the wings are visible. I tried to sharpen it as much as I could and gave up, deciding to make a little piece of art instead.
"Every year about this time, puzzled backyard observers call wondering about "those tiny hummingbirds in my garden." Those hovering curiosities are actually day-flying moths known as hummingbird moths. With a wingspan of two inches, the moth hovers while sipping nectar with a long "tongue," or proboscis. Members of the family Sphingidae --the same family as tomato hornworms -- the larvae have curved tail "horns" and feed on honeysuckle. A slightly smaller relative closely resembles bumblebees."