Insects love lilacs. When I went out to pick some flowers for the house a few days ago, I saw the air around the shrub alive with movement, heard a loud buzzing and humming. The beautiful, fragrant flowers were attracting all kinds of insects, including the most beautiful, the Swallowtail butterfly.
Not only grand beauties sip at the flowers; there is also a small dark butterfly with fringed wings.
And then there are bees of all sorts, including the big bumblebee.
And other creatures that I think are bees....
....but because of their shapes I'm not sure. I love the big red eyes on this one.
And this, I believe, is a honeybee. I didn't see them for years, but last year they began reappearing, which is very welcome.
There were many of these little, dark insects, most just sitting on the leaves.
And here, my favorite of all: a fuzzy insect with a long proboscis with which it sipped from deep inside the lilac floret. Us humans appreciate the lilac flowers aesthetically, but for these insects they are sustenance and life.
*I suggest clicking on the images to enlarge them (on the blog to see a slide show) to get a better look at these insects.