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I caught this hummingbird (probably a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris), stealing insects from several spider webs in a clearing filled with native wildflowers. She was unabashed as she boldly zipped right up to each web, as if each were a drive-through window. Still, I don’t really blame her…the girl obviously needs to consume a nutritious diet…it looks like she is molting. After all, hummingbirds cannot live on the sweet nectar of blooms alone. They need protein, and a spider’s web provides easy pickins’.
At first glance, you might think that she is visiting a flower for nectar…not so! If you look closely, you can see that a small, fine spider web is clinging around the flower. There were plenty of other flowers in the clearing, many looking more promising for nectar. No, she was there for the easy insects.
Because this little hummingbird was so active, I managed to get a picture at just about every angle. As I looked through them, I couldn’t help thinking of her as a mini-hovercraft. Fast, precise, start and stop on a dime, no emissions. Where can I get one of those?
She finally landed for a pit-stop. Maybe she was full, maybe she just needed to rest. Either way, the evidence of her spider-web insect-stealing is right on her face. I mean, her beak.