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Agrius convolvuli

Agrius convolvuli
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-25 2:22
Viewed: 5103
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Hawkmoth – Scientific name : Agrius convolvuli – Family : Sphingidae.
Description : The Agrius convolvuli is large enough to be mistaken for a bat in the poor light of dusk - it has a wingspan up to 10 or 12cm.
Breeding in Africa the new brood often migrates northwards and appears in Europe during end of summer and autumn. As the name implies, the foodplant is Bindweed but it is said that it is also attracted well to Nicotiana.
This insect is known for his very long 'proboscis'. It is 10cm long (longer than the body), which allows him to drink nectar of even the deepest flowers. When he feeds he is hovering over the flowers without resting on them, just like the more common Hummingbird Hawkmoth.
Photo : taken in my Lime tree, cloudy end afternoon, it was difficult for the composition because the moth was kind but moved continuously...
Picture not modified, just resized, framed in 800x600 for TN and my website...
I am happy because it was my first meeting with this impressive and huge insect ;-) I hope you like too...
Camera : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f3.8 - Shutter speed 1/100s - Iso 100 - White balance auto - Flash not fired - Focal lenght 105mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-05-25 2:44]
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Hello my Old Friend!

This is one of most beautifull moths! And you captured it in great way! I like details and composition with leaf. You're lucky to meet such fantastic insect, I saw this moth only one in my entire life ;-)

Butterflies and moths are my favorite subject. Great photo of A. c. Great sharpnes and composition and informative note
Best wishes

Hi Chris,
Very nicely captured. Sharp. Nice natural colors.
Great shot.


Wonderful capture of this aerodynamic looking moth.
Great details in the wings and antennae.
I'd like to see more of these from a different POV, like head on.
Cheers, Steve

ps ... hope you're enjoying all my new fungi.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-25 8:57]

Hi Christian,

A very nice composed shot,the hawkmoth is well centered on the filling leave,The colors a nd details are very well handled,I like it ,tfs


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-25 10:01]

Hello Christian,
Very nice close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,details and exposure are also wonderful.Have a great weekend!

Hello Christian,
precisely well detailed, well reporting capture of the convolvulus hawkmoth under low light conditions. I also like the struktures of the leaf, and the well contrasting background it provides for the insect.
Quite early in the year to see it. In the northern parts of the Alps we usually seem them in July and August, when sometimes there are many of them to be seen even in remote high alpine valleys, sucking nectar in humming bird manner from balcony flowers in villages after the strenuous flight over the glaciers.
Thank you mf. With best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-25 11:28]

Hi Christian.
Simply blameless reproduction of this beautiful moth. Leaf is detailed perfectly too. Both of them create a very nice composition. You managed to share it with us perfectly. Refined skill job. My compliments and best regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-25 13:01]
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Hi Christian

This is not always a very charismatic subject, but you managed to create such a pleasant macro here, with it placed so lovely on that green leaf.
The composition is simple but very effective and the details are crispy-clear.
Also, the exposure is spot-on, the DOF is great and the upper POV is excellent.

Bravo and TFS

selam christian; nice macro shot and nice compo good details with beautiful colours.good POV and good focus of the lovely moth. TFS
well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-27 15:08]

Hi Christian,
a great capture of this cool moth.
Very sharp and very well composed.
Well done,

bonjour christian
pour la composition ce n'est pas grave,il est net et surtout la note est tres instructive.
merci et a bientot.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-28 9:36]

Bonjour Christian,
Voilà des créatures très intéressantes. Je n'ai jamais vu le sphinx du liseron. Ici il y a d'autres sortes comme le Hyles gallii. Image bien détaillée, peut être un peu sombre, le soleil était absent, comme tu l'écris. Merci de nous présenter ces insectes méconnus.
Bon après-midi

Excellent captur Taz! The exposure is so perfect, even the whole parameters of the leave are in focus with very nice rich color results. Super job! :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-29 20:07]

Bonjour Christian,
beautiful capture, the colors and the sharpness are excellent. Very nice DOF sharpness throughout the composition.
Very well done.

Hello Christian,

Very nice capture of this moth.
Good POV, sharpness. I like it!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-30 7:26]

Hello Christian,
Very lucky and excellent capture of this Hawkmoth, a species not easy to catch site of and even less easy to photograph. Excellent details and colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Your Fuji is getting better and better in your last captures, light exposure, details, colours and textures are perfect this time. It is a pleasure to see the whole capture in perfect focus, and using a small aperture value and natural light!
Great camera work.
Thanks for your kind comments on my captures.
About using the Sony close up+Raynox close up I get a x1,3 extra magnification aprox. compared to using only the Raynox. Neverteless it has an evident lost of quality if you try to zoom into the photo and make a tight crop. The hover in flight is only cropped at the left and right to convert an horizontal shot into vertical, but I was so close it certainly filled the frame :)
My best wishes for your and your people.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-03 20:05]

Hi Christian,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

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