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FROM READERS: Creatures take advantage of warm fall weather

By JOHN HALL/Missourian Reader
October 24, 2012 | 3:19 p.m. CDT
Missourian reader John Hall shares this picture of a bee taking advantage of the unusually warm weather before the temperatures dip and the autumn weather becomes more winter than summer.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

Summer has returned to Missouri with both moisture and very warm weather into the 80s. It can freeze within 24 hours or less at this time of year, so you pick the green tomatoes, feed the sugar and sugar water to the honey bees and all manner of creatures show up, including ladybugs and common houseflies. The bees visited Mt. Sugar in some photos, and they are shown in other photos lapping up the sugar water as if freezing weather might show up real soon.

The kitchen is now supplied with several pounds of fresh ripe tomatoes, and about 60 pounds of green ones are in the basement awaiting their turn to either ripen and be eaten or rot and be thrown away.

I suppose the more interesting photos in this submission are 12 shots of a hummingbird moth. The moth was visiting the butterfly bush and probably enjoyed the sugar water I sprayed on that bush yesterday more than the nectar from the bush itself. The bumblebees also enjoyed the sugar water sprayed on the butterfly bush.

After taking more photos of the Christmas cactus, I think that maybe the name could be derived from the blooms which resemble Christmas candles. This photo shows a couple of candles, or so they appear to my untrained eye.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded below, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor is Joy Mayer.