Attracted to the Mistflowers

As you drive along the country roads of West Tennessee in the late summer and autumn, you are likely to see a burst of pale bluish-purple wildflowers growing along the way.  The Mistflower grows in clusters, and its fluffy-looking flowers are magnets for butterflies, moths and other insects which are attracted to its nectar.

“There are many things in life that will catch you eye, but only a few will catch your heart.  Pursue these.”  ~Michael Nolan

Moth and Partridge Peas

I spotted several of these moths fluttering among the partridge peas on our country road.  They were such small, light colored moths that I wasn’t sure they would photograph well, but was pleasantly surprised at the detail the camera was able to pick up.

“The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.”  ~Jim Jarmusch

Moth caterpillars

I found these little caterpillars while I was cutting back some blackberry bushes.  They seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company.  I believe the gray one is a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar and the yellow one is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.

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“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”  ~Izaak Walton