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Morning feast

Morning feast
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Copyright: Alptekin Kutlu (alois) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D2H, Nikkor 70-180 f:4.5/5.6 Micro, Digital - Raw/Tiff
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/6400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies and Moths of TURKIYE (TURKEY) II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-26 14:53
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Points: 18
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Macroglossum stellatarum - TR : Atmaca güvesi
Diurnal. In behaviour, this moth is exceptional amongst European Sphingidae: whilst preferring to fly in bright sunlight, it will also take wing at dawn, at dusk or at night; in rain, or on cool, dull days. Very hot weather tends to induce a state of torpidity in many, with activity then confined to the relative cool of the morning and late afternoon. Herrera (1992) found maximum activity occurring between 18.00 and 20.00 hours in southern Spain. Whatever the flight-time, this species is very strongly attracted to flowers yielding plentiful supplies of nectar, such as Jasminum, Buddleja, Nicotiana, Tulipa, Primula, Viola, Syringa, Verbena, Echium, Phlox and Stachys, hovering in front of and repeatedly probing each bloom before darting rapidly to the next. A great wanderer, being present right across Europe from the alpine tree-line to city centres, wherever nectar flowers may be found. Its powers of flight are amazing, and have been studied in detail by Heinig (1987). Apparently, this species also has a fine memory, as individuals return to the same flower-beds every day at about the same time (Pittaway, 1993). (See also Heinig (1981a, 1984).)
When not feeding, pairs in courtship can be seen dashing up and down around steep cliffs, buildings, or over selected stretches of open ground. Pairs in copula can occasionally be found in such locations, although they seldom stay together for more than an hour. Whilst in copula, unlike other hawkmoths, this species is still capable of flight in a manner similar to butterflies. After a further period of feeding, gravid females search for patches of Galium growing in sunny locations. While hovering, each patch is carefully examined, sprig by sprig, before a single ovum is placed amongst the flower-buds. Up to 200 ova may be deposited by each female, therefore egg-laying can take a considerable time.
M. stellatarum is unique among sphingids of the region in overwintering as an adult, although north of the Alps very few survive. With the onset of cooler weather, individuals can be seen examining caves, rocky crags, empty houses, holes in trees or sheds, before selecting a suitable place for hibernation. This state of torpidity is not absolute, however, for warm days in December and January may bring some out to feed.

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  • Great 
  • allans (163)
  • [2005-05-26 16:05]

Nice that you had so much patience to do this photo. You captured a very good moment.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-26 16:51]

Hi Alptekin, Great capture as usuall. What a splendid moment you caught. It's very hard to get even one. Clean details even at the wings you stopped. Very nice colors and fine background.
Very well done.

Very nicely captured you and your superb camera have made a great job of capturing this difficult subject. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-27 4:15]

Deux beaux Sphinx bien mis en valeur par cette composition photographique de qualité. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
A great shot, congratulations !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-27 4:26]

Hi Alptekin!
Very nice shot.DOF,colors,framing and composition are excellent.TFS.

Güzel bir macro.Yüksek enstantane yakalamış olman çok olumlu.Çiçeğin karşı tarafındaki hemcinsiyle iyi bir ikili oluşturmuşlar.Neredeyse ayna etkisi gibi.Eline sağlık.Başarılar..

Wonderful composition Alptekin. Very good details and action. Well done. Thanks

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2005-06-01 16:45]

A very good picture. You stop the movement of the wings - It is very impressive

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-19 14:46]

it is a great shot Alptekin...
it is amazing to see the wings clearly..
you just stopped the time...
very very good work...

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