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Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

Called a hummingbird moth because it drinks nectar, I believe this is a Nessus Sphinx Moth, per insectidentification.org/

It’s a bit different than any I’ve seen before, including that fuzzy looking tail end.

Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea
Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

It was pretty intent on feeding, but the moth occasionally lifted above the blossoms for a look around, showing off his two yellow stripes.

Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea
Hummingbird Moth on Pink Azalea

Azalea Singles

Azaleas have been outdoing themselves the last couple weeks here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I was pleased to find these two Azalea blossom groupings standing away from the crowd.

Pink Azalea Blossom
Pink Azalea Blossom

These were in a hedge that was left more natural, which I generally prefer over the precisely manicured way.

Pink Azalea Blossom
Pink Azalea Blossom

Great Blue Heron, Color By Azalea

A Great Blue Heron was stalking in chest high, to him, Iris fronds, at one of the small ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. A few blooming Azaleas can be seen in the background.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron Wading Through Iris Fronds

I moved right, the GBH moved left, and briefly got him lined up with the color.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas in Background

The Great Blue kept on moving down into the water giving me a different perspective of the pink reflections.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas

March 23, 2021

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Azaleas have been planted all around the swamp, many of them bloom off and on through the summer, despite the heat. This reddish colored one was a perfect complement to a Swallowtail Butterfly.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

The flowers must have been providing some nourishment as the Butterfly kept going around the bush.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

He went deep into each blossom, his head disappearing behind the petals.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

Then he gracefully backed out before moving on.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea
Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea