Flower of the Day: September 16, 2020

Please visit Cee Nuener’s blog for reportage of the devastating wildfires on the West Coast. So far she has posted a half a dozen entries on this subject. Smoke from the fires is creating hazy skies all the way to the East Coast. This is a crisis of major proportions. The losses are incalculable. That this is a result of climate change is recognized by all with the exception of the Flat Earth Society.

I couldn’t resist showing a closer look of this bee. His head is in the trough and he is paying no attention to me.

Moth: the Other Lepidopteran

Generally speaking, moths aren’t as flashy as butterflies. There are some exceptions. The luna moth is one of the largest lepidopteran. Its lime green wings are a beauty to behold. When they emerge from the chrysalis, they don’t even have a working mouth. Their sole purpose at that point is to reproduce. They only live about a week. I don’t know who this fellow is, but I think he has his own beauty. Like most butterflies, this moth has a proboscis and is enjoying a meal of pollen from this cockscomb.