The more you look, the more you see.
The camera is always ready for action when I’m out in the garden, and I have been rewarded with some wonderful captures.
There are so many varying critters in the garden, from dragonflies to moths to butterflies and flies. Many are a challenge to capture in a photo as they flit about from flower to flower so quick.
The hummingbird clear wing moth is a small moth with a wingspan 4-5.5 cm. It feeds on nectar, from blooms such as bee balm, bergamot, and above on the wild phlox or Dames’ Rocket. It is a member of the sphinx moth family and evolves from plump yellowish green caterpillars.
A luna moth, commonly known as a giant silk moth, was spotted on the mailbox post one morning and I had lots of photo opportunities. It has lime coloured wings and a mauve/purple line at the top of the wings.
Here is a virginia ctenucha moth, common day flying moth. The body is a beautiful blue colour and on the orangey head are long feathery antennae.
It is hard to know which insects are friends and which are foes. The camouflaged looper caterpillar could be a foe as it really is an inchworm, which will happily munch away on leaves and buds. But when it hatches it becomes a tiny wavy line emerald moth which is a friend in the garden.
The crane fly can be found in moist habitats. Only the larvae feed, the adult crane fly does not eat and only lives for a few days. There are 4 stages – egg, larvae, pupa and adult. An adult crane fly can lay up to 300 eggs in the ground.
Other butterflies in the garden:
Nature never fails to amaze me.
I’m sharing with Saturday’s Critters.