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.
It was pretty intent on feeding, but the moth occasionally lifted above the blossoms for a look around, showing off his two yellow stripes.
This was a cold day in early March and I was rather surprised to see any insects at all, never mind one so delicate looking.
Not much I can say about this, nice to see the Long White Bridge paint job complete and the flowers blooming.
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.
These were in a hedge that was left more natural, which I generally prefer over the precisely manicured way.
Actually one of the plant markers I found said “Pink Perfection.”
Either way, these beauties fascinate me.
March 6, 2021
Usually these blooms open symmetrically, this one opted to be different.
I’ve mention that the Tulip Magnolias have put on a spectacular display this year unspoiled by frosty nights. They have been blooming for weeks and with no leaves yet on the trees the blossoms really stand out.
Next is another close up version of the flower from my post Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large.
I don’t recall seeing this next type before with so many petals, almost like a daisy.
This one reminds me of a teacup, and another one that I wished I could have gotten up above for an interior shot.
This next one is prettier before it fully opens. I generally see this style more bedraggled looking.
Lastly, a yet unfurled blossom, showing off a gorgeous magenta exterior, a color I remember fondly from my childhood along with the Crayola 64 Box. I just looked Crayola up to ensure I remembered correctly and find you can now get a full box of 12 of the same color. Who knew?
A nearly perfect Camellia Blossom, sheltered from the night’s light frost.