In my latest caterpillar adventure, I raised a “hickory horned devil.” The name is enough to get most folks’ attention. Mine fed on sweet gum leaves and grew quickly. At about three weeks its horns were quite evident.
I’m delighted that Natural Bridge State Park is hosting their 3rd Caterpillar Weekend, Sept. 11-12.
During a recent visit to Natural Bridge State Park, Harry and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) as they darted in and out, stopping briefly to drink at feeders. It was like watching a continuous aerial ballet.
Here’s a few fun facts –
- Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
- They are the only birds that can fly both forward and backward; they can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and upside down.
- They pollinate plants by getting pollen on their head and neck while gathering nectar from blossoms.
- Most Ruby-throated hummingbirds fly 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico during their spring and fall migrations.
We don’t have a feeder in the yard, however we regularly see one or more hummingbirds nectaring on various blossoms, especially red ones. These birds are indeed amazing, and I’m always thrilled to see them.