Blooming 8 o’clocks video

In October of 2017 I made a post about wondering if a volunteer plant might be an 8 o’clock flower. I’m happy to tell you that the plant is an 8 o’clock flower (evening primrose) After about 13 years a little dormant seed has grown into a real beauty that brings an extra smile to our evening.Every evening my we go outside (and light the mosquito lamps) and watch the 8 o’clocks bloom. The 8 o’clocks start blooming around 8:15pm and continue to bloom until about 8:30pm. It’s so fun to watch a flower bloom. We’re like two old silly-hearts out there, oohing and aahing with each petal moving and blooming. A bit like watching fireworks.It’s hard to get a good photo in the dimming evening light. To get a better photo of the flowers,  I go out in the mornings and take photos of them. The blooms are so lovely I wish they’d last all day, but they don’t.

I’ve made a video of one of the blooms opening. It’s hard to film at the time in the evening, but it turned out pretty good I think. I sped the video up where it’s 8x faster than normal. Speeding it up lessens the megabytes. I hope you enjoy it.

I hope your week is a pleasant one.

 

 

 

Wildlife Wednesday – Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

I saw this beauty feeding on my basil.It’s so fast that I got only a few photos and one super short video.

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
taking off after feeding on my basil.


Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday!

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Snowberry Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth

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edited 8-3-2017
I fixed the word ‘Snowberry’.
I misspelled it on the video, the photos & this post.
I apologize for my mistake & any confusion I may have caused.
 

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly Lifecycle

Here’s my video of the black swallowtail butterfly emerging from it’s chrysalis. It’s pretty neat to see the butterfly emerge and watch it climb as high as it can. My video isn’t perfect, but I’m glad to have it anyway.

Here’s a gallery of the basic lifecycle of the black swallowtail butter from egg to butterfly. 
*There another stage not shown; a shedding of the skin off of the chrysalis. I wasn’t quick enough to capture that stage in a photo or on video.
These photos are from different butterflies. I tried to choose the clearest photos to share. I copied some of them from my video of the chrysalis hatching(?).

And for now, with the exception of watching new caterpillars in the wild, this ends my butterfly farming for the year.  I think it was a success.

Wishing you all a successful week.

*edited in 7-12-2017- Over the past few days, I’ve been watching some black swallowtail butterfly eggs and today I discovered they hatched. I managed to get a photo of the tiny caterpillar less than 24 hours old. I added the photo to the gallery.

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Unique Fox Squirrel


I noticed this unique looking fox squirrel snacking on something at the side of our driveway. The odd coloring of this fox squirrel is called Piebald. It’s a genetic trait and sometimes happens when there’s not a lot of new members in the breeding population. This is only the second fox squirrel I’ve seen around here. I think it’s sad that there isn’t more fox squirrels around here. It’s because in this area, though rural it may seem, the woods are being destroyed for profit or housing.

I apologize for the quality of the video. I took it through a window with a screen so I’m lucky it’s viewable at all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a very steady hand at holding a camera for taking videos, but thankfully the video host I use has a pretty good stabilizer that’s helpful to make my video sort of float smoother and not appear as shaky.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

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Wildlife Wednesday – doe & 2 fawns

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Wishing you all a Wonderful Wildlife Wednesday!

 

*I apologize for the grainy quality of my photos & video. I took them through the kitchen window and it has a screen. I was so happy to see the deer that I had to take photos/video to share with my husband. We’ve both been worried that the deer had left our area for good because of the saw-wielding neighbor cutting down a huge chunk of the woods. We’re over-the-moon that the deer are still in our area.

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Triop 16 days old eating spinach

shed16daysIt’s hard for me to believe how quickly our dinosorta has grown. I figure you all will may get tired of seeing posts/videos about him. But I can’t help myself. lol It’s fascinating to me to see how fast Rex changed.
He shed his exoskeleton yesterday. It’s the light color thing on the left, Rex is on the right. I kind of hope he doesn’t get very big. I’m setting up a beta bowl for him right now. I plan to put some aquarium gravel in with the sand. Rex likes to dig and maybe the small gravels will keep him occupied.

I figured that Rex might have been hungry after shedding his exoskeleton, so I went online and looked up some things he can eat. He’s an omnivore, so he can pretty much live off anything within reason.
I par boiled (blanched) a sliver of carrot and a small spinach leaf. I wasn’t sure how Rex would react to the food. I was surprised when he pounced on the carrot. He didn’t seem to care much for it, but then he pounced on the spinach and ate his fill. I’m happy I was able to video a few seconds of his spinach feasting. It was something to see and I’m glad to be able to share it with you.

I hope you all are keeping warm during this freezing cold snap.
I hope that none of you are getting iced or snowed under.
Wishing you a warm & healthy rest of the week.
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