Every day I am given little gifts, natures way of showing me how wonderful the world around me is if I stay still long enough to see it. I plant a lot of flowers (and vegetables) for the birds and bees, both perennials and annuals. Right now my bee balm is in full bloom along with a sea of Echinacea. These are amazing, vibrant flowers well loved by birds and bees alike – and hummingbird moths. These moths are something I wait for every summer, they are so much fun to watch going about their nectar collecting business. There is a bright pink garden phlox planted around the patio in Rowe that these insects just love. When it blossoms in mid July you can expect to see two or three of them hovering around in the early evening making their way from blossom to blossom. The Mass Audubon site has an nice description of these furry little wonders. It’s always difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that they are a moth – they are so fuzzy and bird like.
The Hummingbird moth is something you have to be aware of in order to see them. I think that’s why I always consider them a little gift. The first time I noticed them I asked my sister what they were. She went to a flower and with a gentle hand grabbed one mid flight. We examined it, she opened her fingers and it buzzed away, truly one of those memorable moments.
Take the time to observe what’s going on the next time you are near a flower garden or a potted flowering plant for that matter. This time of year there are all kinds of creatures gathering nectar. If you are still and quiet they very likely will come to you.