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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Charlotte: The Butterfly Bush

I arrived home today, back to reality, but there are still two things about my trip I wanted to share. I don’t know my plants very well but I am learning and today, while being introduced to Ms. Ivey’s backyard, I was introduced to the butterfly bush. This one was as large as a car with long sweeping branches laden with masses of flowers. Ms. Ivey let me know that they can come in a range of color and I found out that they can grow 5-10 feet fall and wide.

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Although the bush was pretty my main love of this plant was the fact that it is a bug and butterfly MAGNET. Hence its name. For a girl who loves butterflies, for a girl who loves to at least photograph bugs, for a girl who is visiting and who is excited to see some different bugs than she gets at home this bush was a real TREAT! Enter amazing photos of the American Butterflies.

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AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY

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AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY

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AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY

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AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY

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AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY

Another butterfly I found, but didn’t photograph of the Butterfly Bush, was the Tawny Crescent Butterfly. He landed on a tiny little clover and I got a far off photo of him. It came out relatively clear.

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TAWNY CRESCENT BUTTERFLY

Sadly the two other butterflies I saw on the bush took off before I could get a photo. Butterflies are shy little guys. The bees however were all over the place and not shy at all. Oh how I love this macro lens and the detail you can see in this little world.

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I LOVE THIS BEE’S FULL POLLEN SACKS ON HIS LEGS

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BEE CLEANING HIS TOUNGE

Ms. Ivey helped me find small miniature bugs as well like this Japanese Beetle and a tiny orange moth.

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JAPANESE BEETLE

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TINY ORANGE MOTH

The coolest bug however ended up being totally strange. At first I thought it was a small hummingbird, but then... wait... it looked like a moth. On my third attempt to identify it unsuccessfully I called in reinforcements. Ms. Ivey had no idea either. Thank goodness for the camera, proof positive that I found the weirdest bug ever, and for Google so we could find out what it was. With the head of a moth, the butt of a shrimp and the wings of a hummingbird we found out we were looking at a Snowberry Clear-winged Hummingbird Moth.

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SNOW BERRY CLEAR WINGED HUMMINGBIRD MOTH

I could have stayed out here hours, days, weeks more but sadly my oh-too-short visit was ending quickly. I had to pack up fast because it was time to get me to the airport.

2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

You're right, that is the strangest looking moth I've ever seen. Macro lens is pretty awesome!

paul peggy zeus said...

Love that last shot of the Hummingbird moth ! So Cool!

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