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Animal Diversity Web | The rufous hummingbird (selasphorus rufus) consumes flies, ants, small beetles, tiny wasps, bees and other small insects for protein. Nectar is its most important food source for energy. It feeds on nectar from several different flowering plants, such as honeysuckle, scarlet sage, horsemint, and black locust; and plays an important role in pollinating at least 129 plant species. It also drinks sap for an extra food source when nectar is hard to find.


A Pattern of Hard-work. Proverbs 6:6-9 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?"


Mother Black Bear with cub .... "and then you pull the rotten wood away ... that's right ... now ... see those tiny ants? ... lick 'em up ... make sure and get the ones on your paws ... see ... they taste rather sweet!" ....


] Sewing down trim well takes time and patience, but it's worth it for the final result. Good example of mis-matched but co-ordinated trim used to elevate a piece.

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Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds

Attracting Butterflies & hummingbirds…. A garden is just not complete without birds, butterflies, and ladybugs…right? I’m sure you already know the wonderful flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Here is something that works like a dream. Butterflies and hummingbirds like very small, shallow water. We keep this small garden sculpture filled with about 1 inch of water.