Mother Nature’s Surprises

Today was quite a day (it had to be, to merit three separate blog entries)!  Later on in the afternoon, there was another, even smaller butterfly fluttering around the Abelia.  Once again, it wouldn't pose with wings outspread, but I did capture this image.  It would seem to be a different type of skipper, though what type is beyond me.  I do know that I don't think I've ever seen this one before!  An identification by someone more familiar with lepidoptera would be appreciated!

2006 Skipper on Abelia

At the same time, another moth that acts like a hummingbird showed up and started flitting from flower to flower.  This time, I had my camera in hand!  It gives every indication of being a hummingbird moth! Smile Even with the shutter set to 1/125th second, I was unable to freeze the wings, making it very difficult to determine exactly which kind of moth it is, but if I had to guess, I'd guess it's the clearwing variety.  Anyone?

Hummingbird Moth on Abelia

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