A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth And Other Cool Stuff In July At Community Park.
It’s been a while since I shared photos or a blog post from my afternoon hikes in the Community Park near my home here in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. I still hiked there a few times a week during July and I had continued to see a lot of cool stuff on my hikes, some of which I will now share.
A few weeks ago I observed this beautiful hummingbird clear wing moth visiting the pickerelweed flowers that were blooming along the shores of lake Irena.
and used it’s long proboscis to feed on the nectar in the flowers. These moths are so pretty so I took a lot of photos. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of this unique insect. Hummingbird clear wing moth July 12 2021.
and these jack-o-lantern mushrooms. There are so many species of mushrooms, with so many shapes, sizes and colors, growing in our woodlands. I love searching seeing them all and especially look for the edible ones. There are a lot more photos of some of these mushrooms, and other wildflowers, birds and critters I saw on my first hike in this gallery. Community Park hike July 9 hike.
This interesting plant, which sort of looks like a fungus, is also a flower. It is an Indian pipe or ghost plant. It does not produce chlorophyll . A lot more flowers in the galleries that accompany this blog.
And where there are flowers there are insects. I saw quite a few different insects this past month, besides my favorite, the hummingbird clear wing moth. There were many colorful dragonflies darting above the waters of the lake. I love watching this delicate critters that flew the skies before the dinosaurs. I am not an expert but I think this is an eastern amber wing,
There were not many birds on or around the lake in July. I did not see any bald eagles or ospreys. these birds occasionally show up in the Summer to feed on the abundant supply of fish in the lake. The mallard ducks and Canada geese were no where to be seen either. I did see some song and chipping sparrows,
In my opinion, there is no better time of year than Summer, and I am fortunate to spend so many hot and humid Summer afternoons in this wonderful park in in our own backyard. So many more photos of the beauty of nature saw are here in this this and the other galleries I shared with these links. Too many to comment on here so be sure and take a look. . Community Park July 21 2021.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. —John Burroughs