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The Hummingbird Hawk-moth

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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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: 2007-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 11:36
Viewed: 4057
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[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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Hi Mircea,
this is a wonderful capture you have presented us today,with very good detail,colour and focus.I have uploaded a similar type of moth as well.The detail in the eye is very striking and my capture is not so nearly as detailed,well done and thanks for showing this beauty. Bob

Nice work, Mirceax. I admire the patience of all you insect photographers. I don't know how you do it! The simplicity of the background and the sharpness and detail of the subjects are wonderful. I do better with mountains that give me time to think!

Evelynn : )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-29 12:04]

Hi Mircea. We had some in the garden last year but never got a picture. this is excellent with very good detail and colour. the eye is so clear. great POv/DOF. very well done TFS.

excellent capture - technically and in terms of the subject. never even knew of the existance of the hummingbird moth.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-29 12:33]

Outstanding focus for this in-flight little moth. Excellent exposure and nice uncluttered background.

Sweet in flight moth image Mircea.
Good POV, DOF, color/detail.

Hello Mircea,
this is a great shot. Great POV, sharpness and exposure. Very nice colours and bg. This is a great composition. Thank you.

Good evening Mircea, superb catch because it is not obvious to take it as that in vol.Bravo


excellent, the eyes are striking, almost look 3D. extremely sharp and great composition

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-29 13:44]

Hola Mircea,
una sensacional macro,
detalles y preciosa captura...
buen trabajo amigo.

What really nice results on this hummer moth, the lighting illuminates the subject with super results and the natural colors are are very rich all this plus a super nice DOF. Well done Mircea. :)

Foarte faina poza.
Imi plac detaiile foarte fine ale imaginii si pov-ul tau.
Tocmai terminasem de citit o lucrare pe ciclul zilnic de activitate al speciei unde spune ca maximul de activitate al lui M.s. este intre 18 si 20 (asta in sudul Spaniei) in Romania eu am observat doua maxime; una intre 8 si 10 si alta intre 18 si 20 asta pe caldurile acestea ingrozitoare, posibil ca atunci cand este mai racoare si nori specia sa "danseze" mai mult.
Numai bine,

Amazing! I love the crisp sharpness of the image. I cant keep my eyes away from the moths eye. It is too perfect. Wonderful photograph and great patience on your behalf. Congrats on such a wonderful picture.

Hello Mircea,
This is an amazing capture of this Moth, truly stunning. Very impressive indeed.

Hi Mircea,
Outstanding capture!
It's very good this picture, you frozen so good the flight of this moth, with a very appropriate high shutter speed.
I like so much the high quality of the shoot, the excellent composition made and the fill flash used, that gives you a very good and homogenous light.
A remarkable image!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Mircea

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

Hello Mircea,
Perfect capture of this wonderful very fast moth.
Composition, sharpness, ighting and DOF are all superb and due to that the details, colors, movement in the wings and very pleasing soft background are wonderful.
Excellent work. My compliments.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Excellent result
Great sharpness and composition.
I was thinking about getting this lens for the the DSLR I will buy this week. You shot has made up my mind, so thanks.


Hello Mircea.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details and colors.

jose Luis.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-30 11:11]

Hello Mircea

Excellent capture with sharp details and spot on focus.The POV and DOF are excellent.The OOF BG is marvellous.Wonderful colour saturation.Well done.TFS


hi mircea,
you have captured this difficult shot very well, liked the pov, colours and composition very much, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

Salut Mircea,

Frumoasa captura, imi place foarte mult, mai ales ca acesti fluturi colibri sunt printre favoritii mei. Compozitia e perfecta, bravo.
Numai bine, Cezar T.

Mircea, Such a lovely picture. This insect amazes me. The way it hovers around steadily on the flowers while it sips nectar is amazing. I have attempted to take pictures of this mobile insect with very limited success. Your picture of this difficult to photograph Hawk Moth is excellent.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi Mercia,

Absolutely stunning. You have amazingly well to capture this creature in flight, and in such detail. A really effective shot and great to look at. Perfect.


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