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Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-27 20:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Found this little guy climbing our Sweetgum Tree this evening. It is the caterpillar of the Snowberry Clearing Moth, which is also known as the Hummingbird Moth.

The coloring on it's back is usually a bluish green to bluish gray, except just before it is ready to pupate, when it turns a pinkish purple color.

The moth somewhat resembles a hummingbird as it hovers around blossoms in search of nectar. The wings have a clear look in the center and are edged in blackish brown to a dark burgandy color.

Many people believe they are actually seeing a baby Hummingbird, when they spot these unique little moths in their flower gardens.

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Excellent photo, good lighting highlighting all the nice details. Good point of view. regards yiannis

amazing caterpillar, TFS Ori

Excelente luz y preciosos colores. Bien captadas las texturas.
Un conjuntoprecioso Ron.
Saludos y buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour Ron,
Excellente photo, de jolies couleurs, et une grande netteté.

excellent macro with wonderful colors. great catterpillar. wonderful lighting. tfs.

Hi Ron,very strange and very nice caterpillar taken in a magnificent pic,how i like the light and the top quality of sharpness and colors! Very interesting and very well done.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Interesting larva and impressive photo Ron! The colors, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-28 5:47]

Hello Ron,
Great photo of this caterpillar in very beautiful light and colours. Nice contrast against the dark BG. Excellent sharpness and details.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-28 6:14]

Hello Ron,
great macro shot! super sharpness and detail,great depth, fantastic light and colors, very well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Ron,
this is very closely to the perfection MF!... Great levels, impressive focus, and a interestiong caterpillard.

hello Ron
a Beauty with great details and good sharpness
very nice pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-28 9:38]

Hello Ron.
Very intersting Catrepillar you captured,I've never seen this one before,Great focusing, BG and composition,very good colors too.Best regards Siggi

Wow! What a beautiful shot of this interesting caterpillar, Ron! Great fine detail and beautiful, subtle color, and you've nailed the exposure. The f/stop is perfect, tons of very fine detail in the subject but still a nicely blurred background. I'll bet that this one looks double awesome at larger resolutions, too bad we can't post bigger here.

That one is going into my favorites.


Hello Ron,
Spectacular capture with excellent details, colors and great sharpness.
The colors of this amazing caterpillar are superb.
Fantastic contrast against the dark background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Ron,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and beautiful colours, excellent point of view, very well composed
Best regards

hello Ron
super composition with nice light
the colours and details are fantastic
thanks greeting Paolo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-08-30 10:29]

Hi Ron,

Caterpillars are something else I haven't seen lately. The colors of this one are just beautiful. Wonderful clarity showing off all the details, dots and wrinkles. The lighting as absolutely perfect. I love the diagonal composition and the fine background.


Hello Ron,
Extremely beautiful. Perhaps a tad on the dark side in the BG but tell you what.....I can only echoe all the accolades above. Well done and best wishes.

PS: Very interesting note.

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  • rocko (264)
  • [2011-09-03 11:15]
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Hi i'm back nice catapiller.I find hummingbird moths sometimes.This one is very detailed.

Hi Ron,

This beauty appears to have been shot with a flash (in very late evening?). I have taken some shots in late evening (very low light conditions) and found that I could take a secondary light (Nikon CLS) and hand hold it way below subject and direct it up. Get very good balance ... the shadow would have disappeared beneath the stem and under his head. This is great fun!

Best wishes,


Hello Ron

Great macro of this insect, with fine POV,
the diagonally framing it is adding dynamism
to the image, great focus, sharpness,
details and contrast, TFS


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