Since Riley’s death, Don and I have been sticking close to home. Crowds irritate us. Normal, everyday activities and conversations irritate us. Our world has changed, yet everything else around us seems to go on as usual. Yesterday was the first day I’d ventured out since Monday. And I couldn’t wait to get back home. I think this is fairly normal. We just want to be here in our cottage, with Scout, and shut the rest of the world out.
One thing that gives me comfort is nature. I walk around the property, camera in hand, and sometimes see something that is so compelling, I am pulled out of my mourning for a moment in time. The other day I saw a creature darting from flower to flower among the phlox. It moved very quickly. At first, I took it to be a hummingbird. But as I looked more closely, I realized it wasn’t a hummingbird.
It had a hairy body, clear wings and it moved as quickly as a hummingbird does. So quickly that I barely got this shot. I came back in the house, grabbed the laptop and quickly found out that this little guy is a hummingbird moth. Often mistaken for a hummingbird, hemaris thysbe, or hummingbird clearwing moth, is attracted to white or pale flowers with a sweet scent – hence, the visitation to my phlox. If you visit the link, you’ll see a great close-up of the moth’s body.
It feeds through a proboscis – the long tube that you can see in this close-up:
The proboscis curls up under the moth’s head when it’s not feeding. Amazing.
Many of you may already know about this creature, but it’s my first sighting and the discovery of it among my flowers provided a little respite from my grief.
I wasn’t planning on posting today, but I was scheduled to run the ad at the top of the post, so I forced myself to. Good thing: I was able to share this little wonder with you. I’ll be moving the blog over the weekend so hopefully all will be in place by Monday. Wish me luck!
Have a happy Friday.