Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hummingbird moth redux

I've only seen a hummingbird moth once before today this summer. In the middle picture above, you can see its size compared to an impatiens flower. While it was oblivious to my presence (unlike the hummingbirds who carefully watch me), it does not spend much time on each flower so it was hard to focus. From the side, they look exactly like hummingbirds.

Keeping my feeder ant-free has been a problem. They are able to go through my vaseline barriers. I keep moving the feeder which slows them down but I am sure they will find the magic path to it in two days or so. I should buy one of those feeders with a moat to cross. That would stop the ants. Putting the feeder in the shade has cut down on the wasps quite a bit. The hummingbirds don't like to share with them.

A beautiful windless day, perfect for biking. I now have more than 800 miles under my belt. We have Miss Tess while her family goes to a wedding. Shanna pumped several bottles in anticipation of today. I thought I was going to meet Josh's new friend today but she backed out at the last minute: bad hair day or something. Both Josh and I were annoyed. Below is Miss Tess and her grandpa.


Holly said... there anything sweeter than a grand dad and his first grand daughter??

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Actually it is his second granddaughter as we have Miss Maya.

Teri Bernstein said...

Miss Tess and her grandpa...and Miss Maya and her grandpa...are both Quite A Pair. I hope all involved grow to appreciate the very cool connection...


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