Friday, August 17, 2007

more critters

there is a big picture window off our great room that i call my bird-watching window. i keep my louisiana bird book there, a couple other field guides and my binoculars. in summer the regulars are cardinals, tufted titmice, carolina chickadees, carolina wrens, eastern bluebirds, red-breasted woodpeckers and the beautiful blue jays. they get a bad rap but ours are pretty well behaved but will be sent packing by the woodpeckers. here they are enjoying a drink out of the bird bath. a platform feeder(an old stump) serves the larger birds and a hanging feeder attracts the smaller species. i can't wait for fall and winter when all kinds of birds migrate through.

i also saw this tiny, crab-like spider on the leaf of my angel wing begonia. it's white body really stood out against the darker green of the leaf.

i was outside trying to get a nice picture of my rabbit foot fern when i discovered this amazing moth! i can't seem to find a picture that matches it, i'm sure it is something common but i am not the moth connoisure. if anyone can identify it i would love to know what it is.


Annie in Austin said...

Hi Laura,

It might be a lesser Vine Sphinx moth... here's a link to What's That Bug which has a similar photo.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Abby Creek Art said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for the link to my blog...I just added yours.

Your watercolors blow me away...they are really gorgeous.

Pam/Digging said...

Annie is right that it is a sphinx moth, but I don't know what kind. They're also called hummingbird moths and are really cool creatures but hard to photograph when in flight---they're fast.