Build It, They Will Come!

Today’s post features one of the many Clearwing Hummingbird Moths that has been busy in our church butterfly garden, here at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, that I established a little over a year ago.

Built to encourage Monarchs to propagate here (which it does), it has also been attracting lots of Clearwing Hummingbird Moths. I maintain the garden at least once a week and I can’t recall a time I’ve been there and I haven’t had at least a couple of these winged beauties busy collecting nectar. In fact, it is quite common to count 5-6 at a time!

On my last trip to the garden, earlier this week, I captured these images of one of the visitors:

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

And most of my visits to the garden has Monarch butterflies stopping by. In fact, I recently took 3 eggs home with me and are currently raising them in our garage … so far, two chrysalises and one fat caterpillar!

Coming up … I just returned from a trip to the Badlands NP, where I shot a lot of night sky images … including the Milky Way and the Perseids meteors.


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. and 1/3000 sec.



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