Monday, August 1, 2011

Hummingbird Bumble Bee

It's not what I had envisioned at all.
Immobile on a holiday Monday and wincing with every little turn of the back muscles.
Felled by the simple act of filling the kiddie pool with tap water, one (too heavy) pail at a time.
But look, not all is lost.
I am fixed to a comfy outdoor chair on the front porch.
Sans hurry and hassle, I've been able to spend time putting the final touches on my first ever blog book and I can pause randomly to marvel at the gardens before me with warm summer breezes on my face.
Moments ago, during one such break noting the brilliance of the purple petunia's cascading out of the urn, a very odd looking oversized bumble bee with an equally oversized beak suddenly appeared out of nowhere, relieving that same profusion of purple from some of its nectar.
I am amazed.  A bumblebee behaving like a hummingbird.
A quick google confirms that that is precisely what it is.... a hummingbird bumblebee.  The smallest bird in the world with a maximum length of 2.5 inches, is often mistaken for an insect.

Delighted to have witnessed this pleasure amidst the pain.  That is a wonder-full treat!


  1. That is so cool, Mom!!! Sorry your back is worse today:(

  2. Amazing Joanne!! Hummingbirds are my favourite and I've never seen or heard of this amazing you were able to capture that video...isn't our God so awesome and mighty?
    Take care of that back and hope you're feeling much better really soon.

  3. Hey Josie, we were also delighted to watch this amazing creature in our backyard. We thought it was a baby hummingbird, but when we googled it, a picture of a hummingbird moth came up that looked exactly like it? Either way if it's a moth or a bumblebee it would be considered an insect then no? I'm going to do more research. Yes our God continues to amaze us.


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