Wednesday, September 3, 2008

not exactly wordless...


Here's the story...

Last week, my blogging buddy Nancy of More Than Enough posted about a something called a hummingbird moth. I had never heard of it before but found it very interesting. Fast forward to my camping trip this past weekend.

I'm standing in a patch of wildflowers and thistles, taking pictures with my macro lens. Out of the corner of my eye, I see movement. I look away from my view finder to see this same creature flitting from one flower to the next. All of a sudden I find myself standing as still as I can because there were about eight of them fluttering around.

Of course, I can't get a picture of any of them with a macro lens. I need my zoom lens. I carefully back out of the flower patch, change my lens, and tip toe back in. I scared most of them off but a few stayed around and I was able to get some decent pictures.

They look just like a little hummingbird when they're in motion but more like a moth when you can get a good look at them. They were fun to watch and I'm so glad I saw them.


19 comments:

CK-II said...

Those are really beautiful insects. Happy WW! :)

Jan Parrish said...

Gorgeous. Happy WW!

Kim said...

Those are really cool I love watching hummingbirds eat out of the feeder in my Aunt's Yard. Kim

elaiplane said...

I think these are wonderful wordless entries! i love it.

lorelee said...

what a marvelous photo you have! thanks

wildcatsthree said...

what beautiful creatures they are. You're so lucky to have seen them. Happy WW

Momma Roar said...

Very cool! And what great pictures!


I like the quote of the day today!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Very interesting.
Susan

Just Mom said...

COOL!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I've never heard of those things before. I find it very interesting that you spotted one after just learning about them. I love when stuff like that happens!

The first photo is wonderful :o)

Solvarm said...

Hi!

Very well done, your pictures are really great.

Happy WW

Sunwarm regards from Irene in Göteborg in Sweden

Barb said...

What a sweet, beautiful moth. A new one to me. Will show it to Lee.

June said...

I saw one of these for the first time last year and was so confused at first. I thought it a hummer but it seemed too small and I never had seen hummers out and about at night. Thankfully, someone set me straight. I tried to get a picture, but failed, so I appreciate these shots.

Mam said...

Diana, how cool that you saw it. Your pictures are incredible! The photo on my post was not my own and I didn't know who to credit with it. I didn't happen to have a camera with me and was afraid to move.
I clarified the 'roadkill' topic in a post on my blog today. You'll be interested, I'm sure.
Nancy

kailani said...

That is amazing. I've never seen anything like it!

JustRandi said...

Wow! I've never even heard of such a creature! I love the pictures!

MightyMom said...

how cool that you SAW them!!!!

how cooler that you GOT GREAT PICS!!

Lori said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

J-ME said...

Diana, I saw one of these years ago and had no idea what it was then. What wonderful pictures you were able to get of it. Thanks for sharing!