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lavender and butterflies

Tuesday, 10 Jul 12 Storms 26°C / 79°F

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This afternoon I meant to trasplant the last zucchini and cucumbers in the vegetable garden, but something different has attracted my attention, distracting me from my task.
The lavender bushes are starting to bloom, and bees and bee flies, butterflies and diurnal moths are flying around the spikes.
There were some brimstones, some small whites, a female of chalkhill blue (the female is brown, the male blue) and two hummingbird hawk-moth. I haven’t seen before a hummingmoth in my garden: they beat their wings so fast dancing in the air, so graceful!
It’s extraordinary how the time has flyed…

1) brimstone
2, 3) chalkhill blue
4) small white
5) hummingbird hawk-moth


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hummingbird hawk-moth (macroglossum stellatarum)

small white (pieris rapae)

brimstone (gonepteryx rhamni)

chalkhill blue (polyommatus coridon)


  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Love them ALL!!

    Posted on 11 Jul 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Bdapy2

    Bdapy2 wrote:

    Interesting photos. Thanks for posting.

    Posted on 11 Jul 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    I’m so speechless, again. Your insect photos are extraordinary. :)

    Posted on 12 Jul 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • cristina

    cristina wrote:

    Thank you :)

    Posted on 12 Jul 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Neat! We have the hummingbird hawk moths here, too, but I have not seen one this year and yet there have been plenty of flowers. Great photos!

    Posted on 20 Jul 12 (almost 3 years ago)

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