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August 18, 2014 - 1:08pm

August blooms attract a variety of visitors

An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly busies itself drawing nectar from the tiny lavender flowers found on teasel.

Its the time of year when roadsides and meadows are prolific with colorful flora. While many species of flowering plants are looked upon merely as weeds, for the insect kingdom they are a means of sustainment.

Here, a hummingbird moth tends to the bloom of a bull thistle. Active during the day, this is one species where the old adage, "like a moth drawn to a flame" doesn't apply.

Like its namesake, the rapid wingbeats of the hummingbird moth produce a slight buzzing sound, yet softer than that of a hummingbird.

A tree cricket explores the interior of a wild morning glory.

A bumble bee at work on a flowering burdock.

A bumble bee no sooner touches down on a Rose of Sharon blossom when it realizes it's a bit late. The bee inside is busy collecting pollen by rubbing itself against the stamen.

Howard B. Owens
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Very nice photos, Jim.

Ron C Welker
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As always Jim nice photos, thanks for sharing.

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Hi Jim! Have missed your awesome posts. I agree with the others, great pictures and so close up! You have attention to detail. I've never heard of a "hummingbird moth." How cool! Thanks!

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Howard & Ron, thank you both.

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Hi Mardell - sorry for the absence - hope that's the last of it!!

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"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".............which means "extraordinarily wonderful" pics!

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Thank you very much, Mary K. (Poppins) Lennon!:)

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Jim, I will say it again. Your posts are THE best feature on The Batavian! You are my inspiration to get out with the camera and soak in the beauty that we so often don't take time to notice. I so enjoy your shots. (Howard's pics comes in second. Sorry Howard) Not only do you have wonderful pictures, you educate us as well.

Several weeks ago, I saw my very first hummingbird moth. Never knew about them. Thought I was looking at a baby hummingbird until I was told what it was. Ironically, the very next day I saw another one and then spent some time reading up on them. Was able to get a pic or two but was a little excited and they don't equal yours. There was a tiger swallowtail around here but it refused to settle for a photo op. I did find a nice big fat toad however, very willing to pose. Keep them coming Jim!!

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Hi Kathy - Thank you and its good to hear that you are putting that camera to use.

Just a couple of nights ago while going through my blog, I came across your comment from the bobolink post. You had asked about a reference and identification guide for birds. I like both the Audubon and Smithsonian field guides, though the former is much smaller and easier to use. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner.

P.S. Thanks again and its good to hear that you are putting that camera to use !

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