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Photo of the week: Primrose Lane

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Photo from Pamela Bowden

 Little did Marilyn and Jackson Overstreet realize, when they planted a slip of an Evening Primrose around the first of May, that they would become “hosts” of a different sort.  Over 100 people have visited their home at dusk to witness one of nature’s spectacles.  The Evening Primrose goes from bud to full bloom in about 30 minutes or less each night.  The bloom remains open until about noon the next day, and then drops off.  Over 1800 blooms have been counted since planting.  The bloom has a fragrant, sweet smell.  Of course, that sweetness draws visitors of the insect variety.  In this photo, a visitor was caught in the act by Pamela Bowden, daughter of the Overstreets.  There is some debate as to whether the visitor is a Pink-Spotted Hawkmoth, which is the offspring of the hookworm, one of which was pictured in last week’s Bulletin.  There is a school of thought that the moth might be a White-Lined Sphinx.  We’re not sure who is right.  We’re only sure we’re glad Pamela provided us with the lovely photo.