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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikon AFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF DX, Kenko UV MC Digital 67mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-08 2:41
Viewed: 4716
Points: 38
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Macroglossum stellatarum

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis, and regularly hovers, making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers, a result of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk , dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours.

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, and points east). It is strongly migratory and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer. However it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes (e.g. north of the Alps in Europe, north of the Caucasus in Russia, etc.).

Moths in the Hemaris genus of the family Sphingidae are known as "hummingbird moths" in the US, and "bee moths" in Europe, which sometimes causes confusion between this species and the North American genus.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-08 3:10]

Salut Septimiu
Perfect surprins acest fluture, foarte clara imaginea desi se misca atat de repede, culorile sunt vii, iar detaliile foarte sharp.
Numai bine.

Hi Nemes,
A beautiful capture of this humming bird hawk moth. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Nemes
great picture
difficult to make this picture
they are very quick
i like this picture with good 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)
  • [2009-02-08 6:06]

Hello Nemes
Great picture! Very nice composition and depth of field. The blurring of the wings is also great, giving a sense of the motion. Nice exposure, the colours and lighting are perfect.

Best regards Siggi

I too have dabbled with this tricky subject in the past, Nemes.
This Moth is so restless it never settles and uses its probocis while hovering over a flower.
You have got very good focus on its eye and body, but the wings are a blur of motion. Still, it is a captivating picture and makes a lovely composition with purple/blue flowers in it.
Well done and TFS.

Salut Septimiu,
Foarte bine surprins momentul, imagine clara si sharp. Felicitari.
Cele bune,

Another capture "on-the-wing", almost side by side Nemes, yours is quite dynamic thanks to a relatively slower shutter speed. Good action, very good colours and a perfect composition. Who needs more in nature photography my friend?..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-08 8:26]

Hi Nemes. I have seen this moth only once in the garden one hot summer but only the once. You have captured this one so well inflight. with good detail and rich colours. Well done TFS.

Merhaba Nemes,çok iyi belirlenmiş perde hızı ile nefis kanat hareketlerini yakalamışsın.Çok güzel bir fotoğraf,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-08 10:05]

Hi Nemes.
We have a lot of these plants and sometimes I have met this impressive moss. Unfortunately, I could not take a nice shot of such subject. You have shared a well done and nicely composed in-flight picture. POV and timing as well as bright colours are fine. My best regards and TFS. Excellent work.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-08 10:51]

Hi Septimiu,

I have never seen a Hummingbird Hawk-moth except in pictures. A beautiful capture of him as he hovers over the pretty flowers. Excellent details with the blurry wings showing his movement. The colors are marvelous - so deep and rich that they remind me of a painting. Superb background and composition.


Ciao Septimiu, fantastic Hummingbird Hawk-moth on a wonderful flower, very diofficult capture this fast mowth well as you take it, fine details and splendid sharpness, beautiful bright colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-02-08 12:00]

Imi place aceasta fotografie, pentru ca este miscare in aceasta imagine, culori frumoase, naturale, claritatea exceptionala!

Hello septimiu
a fine capture of this hummingbird hawk-moth
beautiful vivid colors of the flower and the BG
great focusing on the body of the Moth
have a good evening

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-08 21:51]

Hello Nemes,
Great image of this rather large moth. The colors are brilliant and the details are well captured. Splendid work Nemes, thank you.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-08 22:15]

Hi Nemes,
Outstanding shot of this Hummingbird Hawk Moth and you have freezed it in mid air admirable. Very neat and sharp image with lovely saturated colours and perfect lighting. Excellent composition.

Hello Septimiu

A beautiful capture of this hummingbird moth.
The composition is well done,with lovely colour and lighting.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The pose is well captured.


Hi Nemes,
Clear details, nice wing blur showing motion nicely.
Good exposure of the shadowed side, the lights direction was not in your favor.
Good comp & POV also.
Well done,

Hello Nemes.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

jose Luis.

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