Hummingbird Moth

This summer weather in December is making me crazy!!!  I don’t care for the cold anymore but this is ridiculous!!  We actually have a cherry tree on the mountain BLOOMING!  This is just wrong, don’t ya think?

So if it’s going to act like summer, I’m going to blog summer!

Hummingbird moth stealing nectar (2)

This the last flower blooming back in September and the little guy hovering over it is a hummingbird moth.  They’re so unusual and I only had two this summer.

Hummingbird moth sucking out all the nectar from around each petal.
Hummingbird moth sucking out all the nectar from around each petal.
Can you see both of them  on the Tall Phlox?
Can you see both of them on the Tall Phlox?
The pink of these flowers and their delicious smell attracts the hummingbird and the hummingbird moth.
The pink of these flowers and their delicious smell attracts the hummingbird and the hummingbird moth.

Hummingbird moths on tall flox 082015 (3)

Hummingbird moths on tall flox 082015 (4)

Hummingbird moths on tall flox 082015 (5)

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, can we PLEASE have some normal temps and a little of the white stuff (not fog)!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

4 thoughts on “Hummingbird Moth”

  1. I’ve never heard of a humming bird moth. Great picture of it and your flower. I agree our December weather is not normal and it hasn’t felt like Christmas! In spite of the weather, Have a Merry Christmas.
    Kim

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  2. Your winter is unusual and mine is finally getting back to normal! We have been blessed with quite a few winter storms here in drought stricken California. Though rain makes my hair frizzy 😉 we need a lot of it to fill our reservoirs and replenish some ground water. I had never heard of a hummingbird moth before! That is so absolutely cool! May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white!

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  3. Merry Christmas and all the best for a great 2016.
    I thought you didn’t like the “Virginia Freeze” of winter?
    Maybe the Cherry tree is a good omen for a great up-coming
    year??
    I have had turtle soup – not that overly impressed – anyhow the
    price of it was scary enough in a restaurant. I hope the turtle was a prize specimen – the cost certainly was! ha ha. Never had turtle meat
    and don’t think I would like it – even with your expert culinary skills,
    Rita.
    Nice and cool here this morning – even “TRIED” to rain overnight, not very successfully. Christmas day tomorrow should be sunny and – wait for it COOL – Max to be 27 Celsius – that is good BBQ, beach and outdoor festivity weather. Unfortunately down south – Victoria and South Australia they are having blisteringly hot weather and red alert bush fire conditions and Melbourne will get to 34 Celsius and Adelaide to 36 Celsius. Both Capital cities have had weeks of well over the 40 Celsius mark and the countryside has been subjected to big bushfires – damage has been controlled, but much stock was lost and some homes destroyed. Then on Boxing Day – dramatic drops in temperatures and rain!!!! I think the farmers and emergency workers would like the rain to bucket down state wide in both states now so as they can have a good Christmas day – fireless!!!
    I am as organised as I ever will be for my Christmas – all food and drink has been purchased.
    My goodness you have had a blog SPURT on pre-Christmas – ha ha.
    Cheers
    Your Aussie Mate
    Colin

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