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The Approach

The Approach
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-28 6:11
Viewed: 2920
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris fuciformis

Swedish name: Humlelik Dagsvärmare, meaning ‘bumblebee-like day-flying hawk-moth’.

It occurs in S. Sweden where it is not common but can be seen in flowery meadows during the second half of May and first half of June. The flowers of Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare), shown here, are very attractive to this species of Hawk-moth.

It is widespread in Europe including S. Britain. It the south it occurs as two generations and the larval host plants include various species of Lonicera.

This was taken at a distance of about 2 meters (6 ft 6 in) with the camera hand held. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

ramthakur, bungbing, joska, vanda, KOMSIS, PaulLees, maaciejka, cobra112, jlinaresp, jcoowanitwong, pegos, anel, meyerd, CeltickRanger, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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You have done a great job of capturing this Hawk Moth while it hovers in the air, Ivan. It is a difficult job and I have tried my hand at it only once or twice with limited success. At 1/2000, you have got the curled up proboscis and the antennae in perfect focus. Thanks for sharing this marvellous capture.

Hello Ivan,
An impressive captured of this Bee in-flight! perfect focused with very good details sharpness, excellent composition, beautiful colours and a very nice pleasing background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-28 6:31]

Difficult species to capture in flight and you managed well to get this moth well, good colors. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-28 6:59]

Hi Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this species, very good sharpness, fine and colorful details, useful descriptions! I fund this species by Varsag very rare, on Trifolium species Flower.
Regards, Joska

Good to see this northern Humming-bird moth.
Perfectly suspended in mid-air with very good detail. Good point of view to see the approach to the flower.
regards yiannis

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-28 7:10]

Hi Ivan!
Fantastic capture of bee in flight. Great details of the insect. Splendid light and colours. Excellent blurred BG.
A lovely composition!
Ciao! Vanda

great capture Ivan, excellent timing, congratulations !

have a good day,

ciao, tino

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-28 7:50]

Hello Ivan,
Superb photo of this Hawk-moth. Perfect timing. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and blurred background. Good DOF and a brilliant composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-11-28 7:53]

Hej Ivan,
Very nice timing ..
Pretty shot. Very nice and sharpness composition with good details and lovely colours.
Best wishes,

hello Ivan
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
Nice shot rich in colors and details.

Ciao Ivan, fantastic capture of inflight moth, nice composition with lovely and beautiful blurry BG, splendid light, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Fantastic photo Ivan! Interesting subject, perfect timing, very good composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Avan,

Fabulous capture of this remarkable in-flight Moth, amazing sharpness and with superb detail. great camera skills shown here Ivan and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hi Ivan,
very nice photo of this specie. Great point of view. Amazing vivid colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Ivan Kruys

Art is a masterpiece


Hello Ivan,
A masterpiece.....Fantastic capture of a splendid insect in flight.
I try many times to catch this moth in flight......
Very difficult shot. The clarity is perfect and the colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

a wonderful composition, understanding how difficult it is to be photographed, it is excellent photo performance!
regards Ivan

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-28 11:07]

Hello Ivan.
Great shot and great timing. Such a clear and sharp shot. The colours are so vivid, Great job.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan. Fabolouse colours and excelelnte details for the superb flying capture!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-28 15:16]

Hi Ivan,a brave attempt and a very good result,not the top like the butterfly of Jesus but very nice,beautiful composition and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Ivan,
WoW!... Intertesting result with 1/2000s and a impressive f/6.7 aperture!... what a OOF background for this fliying hawk-moth!... Well done!... Great way to show us this species!

funny and perfect shot....!

Hi Ivan
Fantastic picture of this beautiful flying hawk moth.
Lovely composition & nice colors.
Very well done & TFS.

Hi Ivan,
You must feeling great to record this action. Thanks for sharing the moment.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-29 5:23]

Hello Ivan,
great capture and excellent timing in a very difficult shot!
Splendid composition and fantastic colours; very good detail and very nice background.
Very well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-30 8:04]

Bonsoir Ivan,
Very fast shutterspeed for this beautiful Hawk-moth! Photographers have to be very fast too! The greenish background is just ideal to show the insect. It seems to like Echium species.
What concerns my" Arbre ŕ perruques" it can be found from south of Europe east until China. I assumed that the English name "Eurasian" smoketree was describing well the distribution.
Have a nice evening Ulla and you

Hi Ivan,

sniff, sniff, the kind of great picture I would like to make! My compliments for the extremely difficult daylight shot. Despite the large aperture you got the animal well focussed.

Thanks for this one. My best regards,

Hello Ivan,
Allow me to add my tuppence worth by saying that I fully concur with the accolades above. Just fabulous! What a beautiful image so wel lcaptured. Best wishes.

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful picture.
This is very difficult take photo when flying insect. Well done dear friend.

Hello Ivan

Photo shot just at time, with excellent focus
sharpness and details, i love the blur of the
insect's wings showing the motion of the flight,
beautiful light, color tones and bokeh of the background,



Hello Ivan.
I have little success in capturing insets in flight. You have done well with very good details around the head and antennas. The approach is well seen with the flower to land on. Job well done and thanks for sharing.

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