These are truly amazing little insects. They kind of looked like hummingbirds, kind of looked like bees; I had no idea what they were, but they fluttered from flower to flower, spending a few seconds at each one. Their wings, which looked like double or triple layers, were moving constantly - I could hardly see them, ghost wings, they were moving so fast - like a hummingbird’s wings that never stopped. They would hover over the flowers like a hummer, and out comes this super long tongue which goes into the flower, then rolls up underneath, like a party favor blower, and goes into it’s mouth. Then quickly on to the next flower.
I checked on the web – John said he's heard them called Humming Bugs, so I looked them up under that, and found lots of photos. The type I saw is called a White Lined Sphinx, and it’s a large moth. I’ve heard of Sphinx moths, but I've never seen one until now. They are sure interesting.
Here is a clear close-up photo from the web, showing what they look like – their wings looked pink, white and brown when they weren’t a blur. They are about the size of a small hummingbird. Really pretty. Check out how long their tongues are:
And here are some of my best photos – it was so hard to get them – most of the moths were just blurs. These are the photos from Las Vegas along the sidewalk:
I also saw a new bird in town, a European Starling, and later saw some in the park, too:
This isn’t a good photo, but I loved the bright purple gorget which shows up so well on this Black Chinned Hummingbird:
In the field behind the electric loop where we're camped, there is a field with horses, and the other day I noticed the goats there. I heard a loud whinnying and glanced out the window, and a little herd of goats was running through area. Later I walked over to the fence to see them closer – how I wish I lived on a farm. I love goats, I guess I should since I'm a Capricorn, and here they are:
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