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Happy to be back....
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-03 11:16
Viewed: 3568
Points: 50
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After health problems, I'm glad to be back here ...

MACROGLOSSA STELLATARUM, or HUMMING-BIRD HAWK MOTH. This moth is of interest to gardeners, chiefly because of the part it plays in fertilising the young seeds in Honeysuckle and other plants in which the flowers have long, narrow tubes. In such flowers, the honey, which is the lure for insect visitors, is at the bottom of the tube, and is within reach only of those insects that have a long proboscis. Through this organ the honey is sucked up, but, to reach the latter, the head has to be thrust deep into the flower; and, in doing this, the insect carries off some of the pollen on its head or back. The parts thus dusted with pollen are almost certain to touch the stigma of the next flower visited; and the pollen grains adhere readily to the sticky surface of the stigma, whereon the insect's share in the work of fertilisation is completed. Some idea of the size, form, and markings of M. stellatarum may be formed from Fig. 498. The front wings are smoky, with a black central dot, and dark cross-bars. The hind wings are orange coloured, with the base and margin dark. The body is of a smoky hue, with black and white spots on the hinder part, where also there are black and white tufts on the sides, and a tuft of black hairs at the end of the body. These tufts are spread during flight, considerably increasing the apparent breadth of the body. The flight is very rapid, the moth dashing from flower to flower, remaining poised on the wing before each, while it sucks out the nectar, and unconsciously transfers the pollen from flower to flower. In mode of flight, in the loud humming noise that it emits while poised before a flower, and even in its general appearance, it so much resembles a Humming Bird as to well deserve the popular name of Humming-bird Hawk Moth. Like the bird named, it flies only by day, and most actively during bright sunshine, in this respect differing from most of the group of Hawk Moths.

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Ciao Horia, nice see you again on TN, I hope that now you are well, great capture of this fast moth, lovely composition with beautiful flower, fantastic colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-03 11:52]

Hi Horia,nice to see you again and nice to know that now it's all right.A beautiful in-flight pic to celebrate that,great colors,sharpness and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

Hello Horia
Beautiful photo with great timing and very good composition. The colours are wonderful and the sharpness is impressive.

Perfectly well executed difficult capture with good clarity depth of field and colors Horia! Welcome back MF!
George Veltchev

Ciao Horia. You are here again...with a fantastic pic MF! Perfect details and sharp for this flying taken. TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-03 12:54]

Hello Horia,
Welcome back to TN!
A superb in-flight capture of M. stellatarum. The lateral POV and wing position are great, taken with fine sharpness and colours and well composed with the Dahlia flower.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-03 12:58]

Hello Horia,
Fantastic photo of this Hawk Moth. Great sharpness, details and impressive bright colours. Excellent DOF and composition. A beauty!

hello Horia
great to by back ,and with a beauty
great details and good sharpness with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-03 12:59]

Hello Horia.
An excellent shot on the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. A spot on exposure has the colors and detail looking superb. Beautiful OOF backround. Nice camera work here.Welcome back Horia.Best regards Siggi

Buna Horia,
Bine ai revenit, sper ca esti bine si ca o sa vedem frecvent imaginile tale aici. Detaliile, culorile si claritatea sunt excelente iar timpul de expunere a fost bine ales pentru a reda miscarea la aceasta insecta care bate din aripi foarte intens.
Numai bine,

Hi Horia,

What a spectacular action image with split second timing, awesome capture and fabulous detail in the subject, truly amazing shot Horia,
Best Regards,


Hallo Horia,
welcome back to TN; a very beautiful macro shot of this moth in flight, good sharpness, marvellous bright colours, a very pleasant composiiton
Best regards

Hello Horia
i am sorry for your health problems, i hope you are well now,
this species is very difficult totake a good shot but you have captured it so well, the sharpness is superb and the colors are so beautiful thanks the good light,
excellent composition and DOF
Have a good night

Hello Horia and welcome back

A great photo of this insect in-flight and on work,
fine POV, DOF, excellent light, great focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Horia - a great capture with beautiful timing. One really need to have patience in clicking such nice pics. tfs

Hi Horia,
excellent shot. Nice warm natural colours. Perfect point of view and of course interesting situation,
thanks for sharing.

Hallo Horia
It is great to see you back and I trust you are much better and recovered to be active as usual. This is indeed a great macro with fantastic details and beautiful bright colours. The eye of this Humming-bird hawk moth is very prominent and has magnetism to it. The moment of action you captured here is splendid. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Buna Horia,
Bine ai revenit. O absenta indelungata a unor imagini deosebite asa cum ne-ai obisnuit.....Aceasta fotografie desi nu este recenta arata indemanarea cu care reusesti sa surprinzi acele momente greu de intalnit.....Foarte bune culorile si focusul perfect la un subiect atat de pretentios deoarece este in continua miscare si care mai este si sperios pe deasupra.
Numai bine!

Salut Horia
Excellente image de cette oiseau minuscule.Très belle composition .L'image est nette bien en focus et avec d'excellent détails.La composition est sublime et j'aime bien également le beau BG et les couleurs.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-04-04 16:34]

What a great macro shot with excellent timing and focusing.Wonderful composition.TFS.

Hope you are keeping well now, Horia.
This is a stupendous capture of the Hummingbird Moth doing its usual act. It is not easy to capture it in that kind of clarity with its wings whirring away at top speed. It is a very successful attempt and I congratulate you for it.

SUPER shot!!

Buna Horia si imi pare rau sa aud ca ai avut probleme de sanatate! Chiar ma intrebam ce s-a intamplat cu voi! Insa ma bucur ca sunteti inapoi, si sper ca totul e ok...
Frumoasa revenire, cu o specie greu de fotografiat dupa parerea mea. Insa ai reusit sa o surprinzi f bine cu focusul pe corp si cap.

Toate cele bune,

Ceva poze cu flori, peisaje vedem???

Buna Horia
Foarte frumoasa captura ta, sincronizarea este perfecta ca si culorile si compozitia. Imi pare rau sa aud ca ai avut probleme cu sanatatea sper ca nu era ceva foarte grav.
Toate cele bune

Hi Horia,

Well captured, excellent tone and poetic photograph!
You catch well definite moment when butterfly is attracted to gorgeous flower by high speed shutter. And, the contrast between clear front and background with blurred image draws out a good effect as well as slight shadow on petal, I think.


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