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Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth
Photo Information
Copyright: Dean Ryan Stone (dhry) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 12] (58)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Insects, Desert
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Super Macro II
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-11 11:36
Viewed: 5290
Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at Tlaquepaque, a quaint themed shopping area in Sedona, AZ. There is a main atrium with a large fountain and rows of planters filled with flowers just near the entrance, and I was completely weirded out by what I saw hovering amongst the flowers. At first I thought it was a hummingbird, but the wings (although flapping very fast) were nowhere near as fast as a humminbird's. Then I looked closer and saw that it was something quite different. Was it a cicada? Nope. A couple passing by said "Look, there's that hummingbird moth again." I had to head back to the car, grab my camera and come back to take some macro shots in motion of it.

I'm pretty sure it is hyles lineata, the morning-striped sphinx moth. My macro lens isn't cut out for high-speed photography and without the camera on a stand this photo turned out a little blurry. But you get the general idea. I have several more photos of it from different angles, including front-on. Fascinating little thing.

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Hi Dean,
Yes, its a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. They are ofetn found out and about during the day. Considering how they move, you've done well to get this picture. It would look very odd with the wings fixed, so I think the exposure must be reasonably long. Maybe 250th at f/11 would have got a bit more DOF. thanks

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  • Tlapp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 6 N: 19] (112)
  • [2008-04-15 13:59]

Considering the fact that these fellas move so fast you made the most out of the scene! To catch it so neatly without the flash is not too easy a task! Admirable!
How many shots did it take to get this one?
Regards, Rafal

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