Monday, August 6, 2018

The Hummingbird Moth and Florida Butterflies!

I go to Sholom Park at least once a week to walk.

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I’ve been trying my best to get some good butterfly photos! AND to learn the names of some of them!

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The Swallowtail Butterfly was darker but the sun was so bright it looks brown.

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The Cassius Blue Butterfly was so small and dainty!

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And the Cloudless Sulphur was prolific!

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I’m not sure what this is but I think it’s a Moth!

And NOW…..

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the star of the park! (all taken in the flowers along the walk)

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A friend of mine that walks there every day told me to be on the lookout for the Hummingbird Moth!

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I was THRILLED to see one!

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A little scary in this one!

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Of course it was right in the open under a bright blue sky (with a blazing sun)!

But I stood there until I was about to pass out….

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taking one right after another.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen one.

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They are SO amazing!

WHOA….just about missed him in this one! lol

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Can you see his wings clearly?

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You can see right through them!

Have you ever seen one?

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42 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

Wow...you are a brave photographer Diane. I would have been jumping all around.:)

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

I love butterflies too and that hummingbird one is amazing. I had never heard nor seen one, so thanks for sharing. Have a nice Monday.

Sandra said...

they are all gorgeous, and I sure would like to see this park. that hummingbird moth is amazing!!! never seen anything like it...

Stacey said...

So much beauty!

It's always so exciting to see a hummingbird moth! It's not very often that we see them here but it's always a highlight of the summer if we do. You were blessed on that walk!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, gorgeous photos of the butterflies, moth and flowers. I am not positive but the first butterfly looks like the Giant Swallowtail. You could google for images of the Giant Swallowtail. The Hummingbird moth photos are awesome, great captures. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Maggie said...

Fabulous butterfly captures, the hummingbird moth is a beauty, scary but still a beauty.
Happy MM.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You got some great pictures! I will tell you that the hummingbird moth starts out as an ugly horn worm and they can wipe out a tomato plant in a few days! We had them attacking out tomatoes this summer.

Susie said...

Diane, I love your butterfly photos. That hummingbird moth is amazing. I have had them here...but never have my camera with me. They do make one think of a hummer at first. I think it's fun to watch them. Whenever butterflies pass me, I hold out my hand ...Ted asks why I do that...I say in case they want to land they can. :) Blessings for a fun day there. xoxo,love Susie

Snap said...

Well done, Diane! I've never seen a hummingbird moth. Lucky you! Your other butterfly photos are wonderful. Butterflies are just very special....

Patsy said...

Yes, I have seen one , they look like if they sting (you) would die!
Love the photo today. Hope you ware a sun hat when you go out.

Debbie said...

seeing a hummingbird moth is an utter and complete thrill and your captures of him are outstanding!! i have only seen one once and i almost wet my pants!!

all of these pictures are gorgeous BUT none can compete with the hummingbird moth!! as i said, outstanding!!

Art and Sand said...

What a beautiful spot for a walk.

I have never seen a hummingbird moth and you captured him beautifully.

Sandy said...

You have a great place to walk. I love your pictures.

Inger said...

I have never seen any of these and that last one is amazing. The place looks so beautiful. We have nothing like it here of course, since it is so dry.

gillena cox said...

Wow what a treat. I love butterflies. And the blue plumbago flowers too.
Thanks for dropping by my blog today

Much💟love

happyone said...

Those hummingbird moths are pretty cool. I've seen a couple of them.
I can't seem to remember the names of butterflies but they sure are beautiful.
I'll be posting one of my own later this evening.

Terri D said...

I have never seen a hummingbird moth before. WOW!! You got some great shots. It looks so big, and the wings are amazing. Thanks for sharing. I'm always sad that we don't see as many butterflies as we used to.

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh what amazing photos, truly beautiful,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is exciting, Diane, I've seen a hummingbird moth a couple times in my life. They are so unusual and look just like a hummingbird.

Ann Thompson said...

I have never been able to get a picture of a butterfly unless it was a dead one. These are really good. I've never seen a hummingbird moth before. Those are pretty cool

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those h.b. moths are truly amazing and do look a little scary when you're not expecting them! Wonderful pictures of all the flutterbys.... which almost always all flutter too quickly for me ... you must go early in the morning to catch them before they get active!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I've never seen a Hummingbird Moth - huge, looks like it could take on any comers! Thank you Diane for sharing your walk and the butterflies and moths. Visual treats.
Joy

Lorrie said...

Well done for learning the names of the butterflies. I know so few of them. That hummingbird moth is GIGANTIC and I wouldn't want to meet one on a dark night. Yikes.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

All the butterflies are beautiful but the hummingbirds take the cake.

Red Rose Alley said...

OH MY GOODNESS, HUMMINGBIRD MOTH! I've never heard of such a thing. These are awesome pictures, Diane. So clear with a lot of detail on its little body. That brown spotted butterfly is a beauty too. Wow, you were blessed to see wonderful things in nature this week.

love, ~Sheri

ps....I saw a hummingbird at the park this morning, and I'm anxious to see the pics now. I don't think they were as clear as these, cause this little guy never stays put hehehe.

Weekend-Windup said...

Amazing to see many butterflies. Lovely to see the humming bird moth which i have not seen before:)

BeachGypsy said...

Wow, these are some great pictures, my friend!--I love them and that LAST ONE IS my favorite one I think, but I love them all. I dont know if I've ever seen one of these. Seen things that look like this, but they may have not been a hummingbird moth at all? So glad you got to see it and was there more than one, or just one? You sure got some great close up and colorful pictures. Hope you had a great weekend, we did, it was a busy one!

BeachGypsy said...

PS, just read your comment, and yes, I think you should take your dolls out for a walk and make pictures!! I would love to see their adventures!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Mother gives us such wonderful gifts.

Just to slow down and enjoy them...

Stephanie said...

Your pictures are a feast for my eyes, dear friend. Thank you for sharing :) Hugs to you!

Karen Ann said...

Arent those moths amazing?? I've seen just a few around here on the farm...

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The hummingbird moth looks amazing. Butterflies are not easy to photograph and these are lovely in flight shots. Thanks for sharing.
Ruby

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Thank you, Diane, for visiting my site and sharing such a sweet message. I was honored and blessed by what you wrote. It's amazing how a friendly comment makes one's day even brighter... and you've truly brightened my day!

I love the images of butterflies here (so beautiful!) and the hummingbird moth too. We have honeysuckle in our backyard and the hummingbirds are constantly around it... one has to carefully go by the area, at times. Just the other day a butterfly was happily flying around me and then he disappeared all at once, I looked up to my friend and said, "he's on my head, isn't he?" Yes, he was! And then... just like that... he flew away again!!! God's creation is so amazing!

I just became a follower of your site - and can't wait to see what you post next! :)

Many blessings back to you! Net

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

By the way, I added your site to my links page! Thank you, again, for your kindness! :)

Blessings, Net

Aunt Helen said...

Hi Diane, Loved the butterflies and especially the Hummingbird Moth. I have never seen one, and your photos were magnificent! Love, Aunt Helen

Vee said...

Yes, I have seen one and it pretty much creeped me out. I don’t mind not seeing another, though I certainly appreciate the beauty of your wonderful photographs.

ann said...

Your photos are stunning. Flying things are so hard to photograph. We don't see many butterflies here anymore. A few giant yellow tiger swallowtails float through the yard. I don't know why we don't have more. To much spraying, I think. I have't seen a humming bird moth in a very long time either. I could almost his the whirl of his wings from your photo.

Jeanie said...

Butterflies can be so quick and elusive. Bravo for some fabulous shots!

Angie said...

I can see why you AND the butterflies/moths hang out at this park - so pretty and full of nectar! I have only seen a hummingbird moth once - I thought it was actually a hummingbird until I got a closer look … nice photos, especially given the heat and sun!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your photographs are lovely.
I have never seen a hummingbird moth … it's beautiful.

All the best Jan

Jenn Jilks said...

It's been so hot, I haven't ventured too far from home!

Ariadne said...

You managed to catch some amazing photos there!AriadnefromGreece!