Good Omen

Ever see something and think to yourself:

I am so lucky I was in the right place at the right time to see this amazing sight.

This happened to me recently. I was on my balcony watering my geraniums and suddenly something dived and dipped right in my face! 

Hold on, was that a hummingbird?

Nope, hummingbirds don't live in Switzerland.

Then who was that flitty flying fella getting friendly with me? 

With a little research I found out it was an INSECT! (Check out this 3 second video I found online.)



A Hummingbird Hawk-moth to be exact. 

Not having my phone at the ready as I am watering my flowers I wasn't able to capture my lucky moment. (Shocking in this day and age, I know.) But thank goodness for Pixabay.

Image from Pixabay


Image from Pixabay

These bird impersonators are generally found in southern Europe, but lo and behold one ended up at my abode in central Europe. 

Lucky me! Apparently spotting one is considered a good omen!

Hopefully this means there will be a change in residents at a certain white house on 3 November!

Today my poem is for my wee whizzing friend, Hummingbird Hawk-moth:

























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KatApel - said...

Gorgeous! And I can just imagine your excitement and delight, Bridget. (Sometimes, whilst we'd love to have the photo, I think just 'seeing' something is maybe more precious, in a way?) Your poem and post have definitely captured the moment!

Irene Latham said...

Thank you for introducing me to this beauty! Your poem captures its energy perfectly. Sometimes the feeling I have after an experience like this is: I can't believe this had been there all along, and I didn't know. I love when life surprises us! Thank you for sharing.

Janice Scully said...

I especially liked "future bright." The White House has turned into a Dark House indeed! What an interesting insect and video. Never heard of this. And your poem brought it to life as if I should dodge and get out of its way!

jama said...

What an amazing creature -- looks like a bird but it's really an insect? And a moth? I like that it's supposed to be a good omen -- we could certainly use one. Your fun poem had me flitting all over the page. :)

Ruth said...

Wow! Amazing!

Linda B said...

Yeh for "future bright" Bridget! We have them here in Colorado, too, and they do "flit flip zoom Zip". Happy that you discovered the visitor! The poem is it!

mbhmaine said...

I'm a big fan of what we call "hummingbird moths" around here. They are especially big fans of my phlox and bee balm. I have spent lots of time taking pictures of them, but I had no idea they were considered a good omen. Great use of space to create energy and movement in your poem!

Rebecca Herzog said...

Wow! What a cool little creature. and I love your flitting poem!

michelle kogan said...

Wonderful, lovely rhythm and I especially like
your ending lines,
"rare sight future bright"
Your hummingbird moth looks
like my bee moth that feeds on my milkweed
flowers over the summer, thanks Bridget!

Carol Varsalona said...

YES, this is a bright moment indeed, Bridget. It is such good fortune to have spotted this amazing insect and then write a fun, "fit, flip zoom" poem ending with a line we all know the meaning of: "rare/sight/future/bright." Thanks for sharing this magical moment.

Mary Lee said...

We've never seen a hummingbird moth this late in the season! That's a fine omen indeed! They're astonishing, aren't they? We think exactly the same thing to ourselves when we see one -- "Wait...what?" Did you happen to check out their caterpillars? Hornworms can decimate a tomato plant in nothing flat.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Whoo hoo! You deserve this omen of good fortune for your eagle eyes and your willingness to research. I think I had this experience too, in southern France. I like your poem's arrangement.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Kat! I agree, experiencing life is much more powerful than through a cell phone. Plus, I'm so inept with technology it is mostly not an option anyway. ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Irene! I'm all for the happy surprises in life, like the good omen lore that goes with these moths. I'll take the optimism wherever I can get it. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Janice! I'm looking forward to the 'white' house turning blue! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jama! Crazy, right? Having grown up in CA and being a hummingbird watcher, I was bummed when I moved to Switzerland and found out hummingbirds are not here. This little fella made me so happy. :)

Bridget Magee said...

I know, right Ruth? I feel very fortunate to have seen this fella and been able to share it with you. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! I think my little visitor would have appreciated my poem had he stuck around long enough to read it. hee hee. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Molly! I'm impressed you are able to photograph that flickstery fella. You've been blessed with many good omens. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Rebecca! Flitting is the only way to capture his spirit. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Michelle! I saw pictures of the bee moth in my research - they're even cuter than the hawk-moth variety (don't tell my new flitty friend). ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for appreciating my magical moment, Carol. I'm clinging to the thought that the future will indeed be bright again. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Mary Lee! I love the fun "wait...what?" moments of life. Funny you should mention the caterpillars. We found a bunch of weird looking grub-like guys in one of the planters on the balcony earlier in the summer...I'm wondering if it is his caterpillars. More research... :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Heidi! Nature does a good job of keeping you on your toes and inspiring poetry. :)

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

What a lovely pairing of this new-to-me insect and your lively poem. Love them both!

Loretta said...

Very cool. You know how much I like bugs:) And what an amazing bug, and poem.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Kimberly! This little fella was new-to-me, too. So glad to have met him. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Loretta! Yes, you are a big fan of all bugs - I learn a lot from you. Plus you are better with a camera to capture a bug's brief appearance. :)

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