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:
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
- ISO 250
- Aperture f/3.5
- Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. and 1/3000 sec.