Thursday, July 25, 2013

Butterflies, Bees & Moths, oh my!

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The other day I escaped the house for a little "me" time and headed to Skylands. It's been a long time since I was last there. The annual beds were planted with a riot of colorful zinnias and there were butterflies, bees, and hummingbird moths everywhere I looked. They were loving these flowers! Some of them were gracious enough to pose while others just flitted around.

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 Sometimes one bloom was just too luscious for only one species at a time. There was some sharing going on.

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I love how the little Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moths roll up their proboscis when they fly.

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It's easy to see how they got their name. Here its wings look pink!

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Not a zinnia!

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Photographer's Note: I did not bump up the color on these photos. This is just simply how they downloaded from the camera.



The Western Tiger Swallowtails and Snowberry Clearwings have finally found my butterfly bushes too.  Was going to post some photos on my blog but you beat me to it!

Why are they Western when we are in the East???? smile

A great assortment of critters! I love the beige butterflies with blue-spotted wings. I’ve seen them before in Florida, though I can’t remember their name. The hummingbird moths are really strange!

Steve, you mean the swallowtails? I love the little hummingbird moths. They look like little flying lobsters!

Ooops!  Yes, that would be EASTERN Tiger Swallowtail.  I’m in the east but my brain must have been in California!!  grin

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