Tag Archives: pollinators

Hummingbirds and Monarchs

While I’ve planted a lot of flowers and plants that attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies at home, my WI garden is much more natural, but equally full of attractive plants.

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This wild columbine at the woods’ edge is a natural attractant, while other native and cultivated flowering plants can be found in the garden.

Ruby-throated hummingbird

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Welcoming Pollinators to the Garden

Every year I wonder if any pollinator friends will visit my gardens.  I usually can count on the bees arriving early, but how about butterflies, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths?

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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)

I’ve tried to plant mostly pollinator friendly flowers and over the years I’ve seen a steady improvement in the number of pollinators in my yard.  Bee Balm, Phlox, Petunias, Snapdragons, Hosta among others.

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More Hawk Moths

After I saw the very cool White Lined Sphinx Moth last week in my backyard, I heard from my mom and other family members that they too were seeing similar Hummingbird Moths in Michigan.  My mom was able to get a picture of this Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding in her backyard.

I am just fascinated by these great pollinators and I’m amazed I have never seen one before.  Or at least I don’t think I’ve seen any of these before.  Maybe I was seeing them and just though it was a hummingbird, or a giant bumblebee if it was another type of Hummingbird Moth (Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)).  I will definitely be keeping my eyes open because these guys are really worth finding and watching.

Have you been seeing them in your garden?  Which ones?

photos by Peggy