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The butterfly bush outside our living room window provides hours of viewing pleasure.  Besides butterflies, bees, and other insects, it attracts the unusual hummingbird moth.  Not only humans confuse this lovely moth with a hummingbird; insects and other birds do as well.  But instead of a long, thin beak, the moth has a proboscis to reach into flowers for nectar.  The moth also pollinates plants.

On this day, my eyes catch movement.  I grab my camera, moving carefully to the window.  Today was a good day outside the window in our own backyard.

hummingbird moth copyright janet m. webb 2015

On this day, the hummingbird impostor isn’t the only thing I see.  Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal dropped by for a visit.

cardinal copyright janet m. webb 2015

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And, yes, least I forget, there was also a butterfly.

monarch copyright janet m. webb 2015



We have a butterfly bush.  We actually have two, one with purple blooms, one with white, both looking like lilac bushes.  I only realized recently that the white one was a butterfly bush as well.  The white one grows to the side of the deck, so I can’t see it as easily. The purple bush grows directly outside the large living room window, against the window when at its largest.

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I’ve been thinking about “my” cardinal lately ( as I haven’t seen or heard him.  Here are some limericks about him and some haiku about the hummingbird we saw today and about vacation.   (more…)