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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies and Moths of TURKIYE (TURKEY), Moths of Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-23 2:55
Viewed: 5125
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry for the title! But it seems like a bird than a moth :-) This guy preferred low flight in front of me yesterday. So it was a great chance to shoot it, so I did.

Humming-bird hawk-moths (Atmaca Guvesi)

Latin name: Macroglossum stellatarum

Size: Wingspan approximately 65mms.

Distribution: common

Months seen: Can be seen as early as March. It's possible some hibernate in Britain during the winter, but the majority fly in from Mediterranean countries between May and September.

Food: Nectar. The green caterpillars (seen between June and September) feed on bedstraws.

Habitat: Gardens and parks.

Special features: This day flying moth can often be seen in gardens feeding on geraniums, honeysuckle, petunias or verbena. It is equipped with a long tongue which it uses to drink nectar.

Like a humming bird they hover in front of flowers as they feed. Their wings flap so fast they appear to be on fire. In fact this is the orange coloured hind-wings, showing up as a blur. The moth also makes a throbbing noise as it hovers.

In 1946, following WWII, there were large numbers of them seen in Britain. This was put down to all the bedstraw which had been left untrimmed during the war years, providing the caterpillars with an abundance of food. Large numbers were also seen in the summer of 2003 following the hot dry conditions throughout Europe.

NOTE: Although they can be found throughout most of the Americas, real humming birds have never been found in the wild in Britain.

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Hi Ersin,
wow, that's phantastic, what a good shot, just at the right moment. Exact focus for good sharpness, it's beautiful, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wonderful shot. One of the best I have seen of this critter. This really is a portrait and makes it different too! Congrats!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-23 3:35]

Hello Ersin,
Excellent in flight macro.Details,POV,sharpness,dark BG and composition are wonderful.

Very good shot of this amazing moth. Perfect colours and sharpness. This is the night shot - it's very hard to make so good night picture - thanks


Hi Ersin,
excellent capture!
Cannot remember to have seen any other shot of this pretty little hawkmoth that shows the very quick moving wings frozen in motion as well as here.
The pose of landing is perfect, details and composition are just superb.
With thanks, and best regards,

You are right in your observation, Ersin; it really looks more like a bird than a moth.
Your garden too seems like a sanctuary for wild life :-) !
Very good image in terms of POV, DOF, colours and sharpness. I like the placement of the subject within the frame.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-23 5:43]

OUTSTANDING capture Ersin,
These moths are always on the move and capturing a good shot is not easy. You managed well with excellent detail and colour. Very good use of the flash.

What a big and hairy moth ! I was about to leave home, then I just saw this picture at first place in the gallery and thought i would give you a little comment before leaving ! :-) Once again, you made wonderful use of your flash, the colors and the details are very good. Nice compo and POV too. I would like to find such a moth one day. Well done !

Hello Resin, excllent details, Bg, POV, DOF perfect JOb, TFS Kyle

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-23 7:58]

Hi Ersin!
Not much to say - excellent work! I know these moths they're very beautifull yet hard to capture. Perfect usage of flash!

Hi Ersin,
Excellent shot.
Wonderful colors, details and composition.
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

Excellent work Ersin.
Very good DOF, color, sharpness, detail, light, POV, and framing..Looks fantastic against the dark BG..
Very well done..and Thank You!

Hello Ersin,
Many pleasant insects in nature...
This is well capturerd, and the flash gives fine details and good colours!
I like the framing, lovely composition!
Pablo -

What tell. except perfect! I saw yours pictures for the time when I was on duty and for most of them I could say the same-Perfect! I haven't yet enough time and only brows them.

Great capture Ersin,

Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-23 16:26]

Hello Ersin,

Another fantastic picture from you!!! Yes, he really looks like a bird! Great use of the flash and great composition and pov! The black bg enhanced the bird (sorry, the butterfly ;-)). Thank you very much to let us see that kind of insect I was not aware before! Great work!


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-25 14:28]

hello Ersin,
An excellent capture of this moth in flight.
I hope I get the chance to see and capture one of these too one day.
Very nice detail,great lighting and POV.
Superb shot,well done!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-26 10:44]

Just a great shot Ersin!
Fantastic on details!
A perfect stop in time!
5* and TFS!

You take a great advantage of your compact cam. You make a great use of the flash, it is very moody, and that is not easy to get in macro. You have fast finger, the timing here is superb, so still and into DOF.

A great macro shot. I haven't tried this sort of shot at night, but they are difficult enough in the daytime! Very good exposure and DOF.
Well done.

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