Sunday, August 2, 2009


Roger spotted the hummingbird moth yesterday. I think that is the first time I have ever seen one not in flight.
And I barely captured these butterflies....they barely paused. Most of the time their wings continued to quiver even when they lit on the flowers.
They bring back memories of nephew, Glen, used to spend the summer with us. And mom had a butterfly bush out at one end/side of the house. We spent lots of happy hours catching butterflies...we sometimes held them captive in a canning jar I think, but eventually let them go.

My nephew would catch bumblebees by easing up to one on a flower with a jar in one hand and a lid in the other. At times he would catch two or three in the same jar. I didn't have the nerve to catch one, let alone two or three. Sometimes when he had a couple in a jar, they would fight with each other. It didn't take a lot to entertain us back then.

Back then there would be all kinds of butterflies...every day of the week it seemed. Monarchs, Tiger swallowtails, Zebra swallowtails, and several little skipper types. I cannot remember all and probably would not know the name if I could remember what they looked like. I just know we sure enjoyed them back then and I think I enjoy seeing them just as much now, only I try to capture them in a different way.


Mary said...

Great capture of the Hummingbird moth! I see one every time I go to the arboretuem, but can't get a decent photo. As soon as I spot it, it disappears.

don said...

A fine close up of this interesting looking moth. We don't have many butterflies around here... at least I don't see many! Nice series today.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Lovely insects--VERY pretty!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

oool macros!

Deborah Godin said...

That hummingbird moth is a beauty. I don't think I've ever seen one keeping still either - great shots, all of thekm!

EG CameraGirl said...

You took wonderful shots of these, Rose. I haven't seen a hummingbird moth for a couple of years...and the butterflies are scarce so far.