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Macroglossum stellatarum

Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: inanc sevim (litoriachloris) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 67] (965)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, sigma 70 300 apo macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-29 8:59
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Macroglossum stellatarum

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).

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Spain to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (Spain, Portugal, 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.).

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Sphingidae

Genus: Macroglossum

Species: M. stellatarum

Binomial name
Macroglossum stellatarum
Linnaeus, 1758


dewo, simon182, herve1993, jazdzurka, vanderschelden, RAP, Juyona has marked this note useful
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  • dewo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (279)
  • [2007-01-29 9:01]

slm inanç bey
çok güzel bir güve fotografı
renkler keskinlik netlik cok guzel
iyi bir anı yakalamışsınız

  • Great 
  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-29 9:45]

Hello Inanç
What a stunning shot!! It has an impressive sharpness, dof and colors. Pov and compositiona are wonderful.
Magnificent job!
Best wishes

  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-29 11:03]

Hi Inanc,

A splendid inflight of this hawkmoth sharp and detailed with a good POV,well done and TFS


Hello Inanc,
Very nice shot! Ilike the composotion, DOF and POV. Also the note is very informative :)
Best regards,

This is I know would have been hard to get, I have a photo of this moth and it was a menace trying to shoot! You've done a FANTASTIC job of getting it so sharp, so close, with a lush BG and POV.
Very well done. My newest favourite.

C'est une macro spectaculaire et très réussie d'une action pas facile à observer et très difficile à photographier. La netteté est très bonne sur le corps de l'insecte et l'éclairage parfait. Bravo.

Hi Inanc
Great picture! Wonderful animal, great composition, good colours and sharpness.
You've just caught the right moment :-)

Hi Inanc,
Great macro.
DOF range is fair enough.
Good colouration.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-29 16:01]

Merhaba Inanc...

kompozisyon *****
keskinlik *****
renk *****
aydinlatma *****
DOF *****
POV *****

Mükemmel imge... kutlamalar
Selamlar... Ricardo.

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-29 18:36]

Hola Inanc, excelente macro, bella captura y buenos detalles, Genial amigo, muchos saludos

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