Jessie Ward invited us to her home this evening to watch her “magic flowers” bloom. We were treated to a rare and special visit by a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth.
The Hawk-Moth’s scientific name is the Macroglossum stellaratum. It is easily identified because it flies like a hummingbird and feeds on nectar from flowers with a long proboxcis.
These pets of Jessie’s garden come to feast on an Evening Primrose, scientific name – Oenothera macrocarpa, or as Jessie affectionately calls them her “magic flowers.”
This species is a perennial and blooms in May and June. The individual flower lasts for only a day and the magic starts in Jessie’s garden around 8:45pm – almost to the minute. Watch the video and see the event unfold before your eyes in real time in just over ten minutes.
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Pollination of the Evening Primrose is done by the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth and it arrived on time when dinner was ready.
What a special evening with special friends… and nature’s entertainment… spectacular.