Today’s post features an insect I have always been interested in … the Walking Stick. Every time I see one, I am amazed at the camouflage ability of this guy in the garden. I was lucky this time … as he moved across the mulched garden bed, it was easy to see him as he rested in my cast shadow on the bed!
Today’s post features some images I captured over the weekend of a White-lined Sphinx Moth, in the church butterfly garden. While weeding and deadheading the flowers, this rather large guy flew in and worked on the cascading butterfly bush for some time, allowing me to grab the camera out of the car and catch a few images.
The Sphinx Moth is also know as Hawk Moths, and there are about 50 species found in Missouri. Sphinx moth caterpillars are often called hornworms, because they usually have a stiff, pointy horn on the rear end. They often rest with the thorax raised into the air and the head tilted downward, which reminded people of the posture of sphinx statues from ancient Egypt and elsewhere.
Here are a few of my favorite images:
As I await the Monarch migration (should start soon), I’m enjoying all the other nectar-seekers that are visiting!
Today’s post features three images I captured a few days ago in the church butterfly garden.
Clearwing Hummingbird moths have been busy collecting nectar in the butterfly garden, and often there are several moths in the garden at the same time. Here are three images I collected recently:
For those of you who read the entire blog post, I survived last week at church camp with the high school kids! It was rough … temps around 100F and with heat indices of about 110F. Thank God for air conditioned cabins for sleeping!!!