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Macroglossum stellatarum

Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 11:47
Viewed: 3081
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis, and is capable of hovering in place, making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk (Herrera, 1992), dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths (Pittaway, 1993). Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours (Kelber, 1996).

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Well frozen image and so well captured.

Hola Mircea.
Excelente captura.
Perfecta iluminación y magníficos detalles.
Buen bg y agradable encuadre.,
Un cordial saludo amigo, JL.

Hi Mircea,

Excellent shot of this Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Perfect sharpness, details, colours and BG
i like the movement in its wings

TFS Thijs

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-12 13:51]

we have seen quite a few flying Hummingbird Moths on TN but this is not only the closest full frame but also the sharpest
Great details and wonderfull dark but not all black BG

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-12 16:25]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo,
macro sensacional y bellos detalles,

Remarkable in flight shot of this H. moth.
Very good detail and color.

Hi Mircea,
Nice clear photo. Every photo I see of these moths these seem to be feeding on the exact same spiece of flower. Do they feed on other flowers or just this type? Nice crisp clear and sharp photo,

very good photo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-13 0:42]

Hi Mircea,
Nice capture of the hummingbird hawk-moth with a good composition and POV. I like the colors, and the dark bg makes the moth stand out very well. TFS

colibriii, uraaa, hihi

faina faina captura,

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