Friday, March 20, 2009

… BLOWIN' THRU THE JASMINE BY MY SHED

Three years ago my dear friend, Amber, gave me a potted star jasmine which I promptly planted on the north side of my garden shed. This year it has outdone itself in buds, blossoms and olfactory ecstasy. On this, the Spring Equinox I present

Tender pink buds …


… yield tiny white stars …


…that become fluffy clouds of …

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… aroma that attracts the return of Humbug, the Jazfan, who had to bring his entire family to deal with this spring's Jasmine nectar. Priest is too fascinated by these bird-imitating moths to effectively capture one, being much swifter than any other of its kind. I have yet to find a definite identity for this guy, and he only shows up for the jasmine show.



At false dawn this morning I found priest still studying the Humbug family out by the shed in light so slight I can imagine that he'd been here all night with his super-vision. This picture was greatly enhanced in Photoshop to even see him.



Further Developments: Lil'wave has correctly identified Humbug as a Hummingbird Moth, whose particular variety is called White Lined Sphinx Moth The website doesn't list jasmine as an attractant for these Jazfans, but Priest and I know better.

I like "Humbug" better

4 comments:

Lilwave said...

Could it be a Tersa Sphinx, Snowberry Clearwing, or a White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth? Look at this link and see if your humbug looks like any of the three. Go to www.birds-n-garden.com/hummingbird_moths.html

Lilwave said...

I like humbug better too!
Maybe the reason Priest hasn't caught one is because he rather likes listening to the humbugs conversing. Once he figures out how to speak humbug fluently he'll find out their secrets. Stay tuned to discover what secret would be valuable to a cat. lol

Anonymous said...

hugs and humbug to you this beautiful spring day my friend Toddness! Glad that you are enjoying the blooms. Though the Jasmine is not a food crop, it is food for those humbugs and others, which return the favor by pollinating your veggies.

A great friendly exchange...

Amber

Lilwave said...

Then again maybe Priest is enjoying the Jazz Fest...