Monday, September 6, 2010

What IS That?

Knowing that SOMEDAY, it will no longer be hot and miserable, I decided to take a couple of shots of the Lantana blooming in my backyard.  More commonly known as "Butterfly Bush" it's been a host to a myriad of yellow butterflies, creamy colored moths and the occasional Bumble bee.




But today I found a bee buzzing by that looked, well....odd.  
There was the usual yellow and black fuzziness but the bee seemed too....long.  
And it's tail seemed....feathery.
Plus it moved erratically, almost like a Hummingbird does.


I snapped several shots, then ran indoors to go look it up. 
{Mom would be so proud}.  


Turns out it is called a Hummingbird Moth.

The wings are nearly translucent when it slows down.

And if you'd like to see a better shot 
from someone less surprised than I was,
check here.

It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard 
if you only slow down and look around!

17 comments:

Fay's Too said...

Yes, I've seen those! Fun little buggers! I'm pretty sure their mama is a humming bird and their daddy is a moth, but then, I didn't get too far in bio.

Thom said...

Those are such great photos. Gorgeous and to capture that moth is something else. Very well done :)

Titus said...

Wow! To the Butterfly Bush (not our one though - we have Buddleia as the butterfly bush over here) and that magnificent insect.
And I followed the link, and love the caterpillar's tail. And up to 2 inches!

हेमंत कुमार ♠ Hemant Kumar said...

Very sweet and lovely flowers--nice presentation.
Hemant

mapstew said...

Now THAT would send all the Map ladies running for their lives screaming! It's getting into the 'damp' time of year here and all bedrooms and bathrooms must be checked for spiders and 'flying things', by daddy, before they can be entered!

Lovely pictures. :¬)

xxx

mapstew said...

Now THAT would send all the Map ladies running for their lives screaming! It's getting into the 'damp' time of year here and all bedrooms and bathrooms must be checked for spiders and 'flying things', by daddy, before they can be entered!

Lovely pictures. :¬)

xxx

izzy said...

Yup, ours( H. moths) have stripes!
Nice pics ! thanks.

savannah said...

haven't seen one of those, but i'll start looking a bit more closely! xoxoxoxo

samurai said...

My beloved has wanted to put some Butterfly bushes in our yard for some time now. When is a good time of year to transplant them?

Nessa said...

I've never seen one of those. Fascinating. I am planting butterfly bushes next year.

Mama Zen said...

How odd! I've never seen one of those before.

hope said...

Fay's Too: I read that they come out in the daylight and are common around here...guess I just needed to slow down long enough to notice. :)

Thom: thanks!

Titus: I was amazed by this "bee on speed". :) Moved just like a hummingbird, darting about.

Thanks Hemant.

Map: really? Spiders, snakes and mice don't bother me in the "run for your life" routine. But wasps...amazing how fast a short person can run. :)

izzy: aren't they cool?

Sav: they seem to be common round these here parts...but I swear I've never noticed before!

Samurai: I bought mine in the Spring, about May. Just make sure you purchase the "Perennial" variety, because they come back every year. This one is 2 years old: looked like an old lump of sticks over the winter but sprang back to life in May. :)

Nessa: Lantana are great because they don't need a lot of attention, they return and seem to be fairly drought resistant.

MamaZen: exactly what I thought at first glance!

Janie B said...

I love lantana and always have them somewhere in my yard. They are not the same thing as a butterfly bush here, though. Just beautiful!

Scott said...

beautiful photos that will serve as ample reminder of the beauty of summer once winter grasps us.

Peggy said...

Hope;

I love your pictures from your garden. My garden has seen better days but I'm going to look out there anyway and see if I can find something to take apicture of.
BTW My meme is up toda. Sorry it took me a few days. :)

Titus said...

I played!

Susan at Stony River said...

I've never heard of a hummingbird moth! But it has very good taste in flowers (those are gorgeous)