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Chicory blue

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Chicory blooming along East Street

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

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A hummingbird clearwing moth at one of our azaleas

Hummingbird moths are wonderfully surprising insects. The first time I saw one many years ago, I had no idea what I was looking at. It moved like a hummingbird, but obviously wasn’t one. Nor was it a large bumble bee. There are two varieties of hummingbird moth common to North America—the Snowberry Clearwing and the Hummingbird Clearwing (pictured above). The reddish coloration is a clear indication of the latter. This little guy was quite busy at the azalea blooming by our kitchen window.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.

At rest, briefly…

An unidentified fly pauses in our front field
A hover fly pauses in our front field

A hover fly pauses briefly in our front field. Thanks for the ID Everett!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.

In a yellow world

A tachina fly in the folds of a yellow day lily
A tachina fly in the folds of a yellow day lily

Up close with a tachina fly living in a yellow world.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/13, 1/1600″ exposure.

On Approach

A bumble bee on approach to comfrey blossoms
A bumble bee on approach to comfrey blossoms

It’s a busy time of year out there for pollinators. This bumble bee was working the comfrey that’s growing wild near our woodshed.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/3.3, 1/2000″ exposure.

The eyes have it

A tiny unidentified fly perched on a grass stem
A tiny fly perched on a grass stem

There were a lot of these tiny flies—maybe 4mm in length—buzzing about in our front field the other day. Try as I might, I can’t find an ID on this fellow. Anyone have an idea?

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/9, 1/1250″ exposure.

Jeepers creepers…

A jumping spider on the prowl
A jumping spider on the prowl

I followed this jumping spider through the grasses and ferns of our front field for quite some time before I could get this shot.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/11, 1/800″ exposure.

On guard

A damselfly on guard by the pond
A damselfly on guard by the pond

This fine little damselfly was on duty by the pond today.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure

The view from here

An small insect takes in the view
An small insect takes in the view

An unidentified insect surveys our ornamental garden from its vantage point on a rain soaked iris. I especially like the tiny bead of water on the bug’s back.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/4.2, 1/250″ exposure

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