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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)!

Our hummers are back!!!!

You know it’s spring when the hummingbirds return.  For several years now I try to get at least one hummingbird feeder on the porch by April 15th.  I was a few days late this year and didn’t get mine put out until Sunday the 20th and boy was I ever glad.  Our first arrival was yesterday afternoon when we were sitting on the front porch enjoying  the warm afternoon.

Hummingbird feeder.

Hummingbird feeder.

 

First I sterilize my feeders.  Then I make their feed which is four parts water to 1 part sugar.  I mix this together and boil for six minutes.  Let cool and fill the feeders.  This mixture will fill two of my feeders.

First I sterilize my feeders. Then I make their feed which is four parts water to 1 part sugar. I mix this together and boil for six minutes. Let cool and fill the feeders. This mixture will fill two of my feeders.

 

After preparing the feeders, hang them where you want to get a good view of these little angels in action.  We usually have 4-6 feeders on our front porch out of the sun so the syrup doesn’t spoil as quickly.  If your syrup seems to have strings of film in it after several days it’s time to change the syrup.  I usually start out with two feeders to begin with and as the population grows I add more feeders.

One of the first arrivals.

One of the first arrivals.

 

Last year in June, I believe, we had about thirty at one time.  I had four feeders on both sides of the porch and we were refilling them almost daily.  We love watching them.  Here’s a view of last years group:

Feeding time at the Caldwells!

Feeding time at the Caldwells!

I try to grow as many of their favorite flowers as possible every year and add perennials to my garden that they love as well.  Most of these flowers also attract the graceful hummingbird moth as well.

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

 

Hummingbird moth

We have a new visitor to the farm.  Not only do we have about 30 hummingbirds this year but we have a hummingbird moth.  I love these little creatures as much as the hummingbirds.

Working the bloom just like the hummingbirds

Working the bloom just like the hummingbirds

Dainty moth

Dainty moth

Camouflaged in the bloom

Camouflaged in the bloom

Smaller than a hummingbird

Smaller than a hummingbird

Gorgeous

Gorgeous

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Sucking up the nectar

Sucking up the nectar

Hummingbird moth

Hummingbird moth