When is a bumblebee not a bumblebee?
It’s not when it’s a snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis).
They are a day-flying moth. Their range includes southern California and east to Maine and Florida.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweeds, like the common milkweed below.
Daddy longlegs gathered on it this morning.
Another one stayed near the buds at the top of the plant.
I wonder if they each staked out a territory and are ready for the flowers to bloom and the insects to come?
This one didn’t like the attention and quickly backed to the underside the leaf.
I looked out the picture window while on the computer, and there perched an indigo bunting on a trellis I made years ago.
Theoretically, the composition of this picture shouldn’t work. There are too many elements without one standing out more than the others. They just combine to make a pleasing, eye-catching arrangement.
This is one of the copper trellises I made years ago for my gardens. The main pole is 1/2-inch copper tubing over an electric fence pole. I used it for the main structure of the trellis and then used 1/4 inch copper to fill in the free-form design.
After months and months of this picture popping up on my screensaver, I finally found the picture in my computer.
I hadn’t been able to identify them either. Then I found their picture in a small book “Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Land Between the Lakes”
They grow on partially buried sticks and twigs of oak trees. The small cups (to .8 centimeters) produce the spores.