This is a fun feature for the summer months, but I’m not sure I’ll find as many opportunities for a Macro Monday in the winter months.
Yesterday (Sunday) was a beautiful day here in Minnesota, and I took a couple of photo breaks and went out to see what kind of buggy business was going on in the wildflowers behind us. It was a happening place, with all kinds of dragonflies, butterflies, some grasshoppers, lots of bees and beetles. And then there was this:
I thought it looked like the biggest bee I’ve ever seen (estimate 1.5″ to 2″). But I’ve researched through a lot of bee pictures, and I’ve never seen anything like this. I didn’t think it was a moth, because it never landed on a leaf or flower. It just hovered, sipping nectar, before lumbering over to the next flower.
It is a Hummingbird Moth, one of the clearwing moths. At one point, it left the flower and came straight at me. I felt like my blood literally ran cold, but this thing was so big, it gave me goosebumps out in the 80+ degree sunshine. I was glad to find out (after the fact) that it is harmless. Now I hope I see one again sometime!
p.s. It is thought by some that sightings of these moths many years ago may have been what lead to the belief in fairies! Nowadays, I think it would lead to thoughts of killer bees on steroids.