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Macroglossum stellatarum

Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 10:34
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I have like 20 pictures of this insect but only in 2 the proboscis was closed in a spiral form. I choose this one because the background is smoother.
I observed that proboscis is not in the center of the head. it`s on a side. probably if I was on the other side of the subject a had more chance to have also insect body and the proboscis in focus.

Metering Modes: Partial metering
Exposure Compensation (Camera): 0.66
Exposure Compensation (Software): 0.17
Focal Length: 400 mm
AF mode: AI Servo AF
Flash: Off
Support: Handheld

Macroglossum stellatarum (lat.) // Hummingbird Hawk-moth (en.)

The is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis, and regularly hovers, making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers, a result of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours.

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

Moths in the Hemaris genus of the family Sphingidae are known as "hummingbird moths" in the US, and "bee moths" in Europe, which sometimes causes confusion between this species and the North American genus.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-21 11:12]

Hello Anghel,

a brilliant capture of this hawk moth in flight.
Just the proboscis is shown with high sharpness.
The composition of the picture is very attractive.

Best wshies, Peter

Hi Anghel
Beautiful image.
Excellent sharpness in your shot. Perfect exposition showing hawk-moth in flight. Very good depth of field.
The frame a bit to close to the flower, but that's just minor thing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-10-21 12:16]

Pacat, ca insecta nu este clara. Am facut si eu citeva poze despre aceasta specie, nu este deloc usor, sa faci o poza perfecta....

A brilliantly executed capture of a hawkmoth in flight and a pretty thistle flower Anghel, the blurry wings provide a good effect of motion and that OOF BG is simply perfect for a fine composition. TFS indeed!

Hello Anghel,
very good shot.
I take similar shot in my gallery! Look at it and then tell me if it is similar!


Vad ca ai gasit si tu bestia! Si eu am facut cateva sute de cadre ca sa obtin ceva ok, dar a merita. Poate daca utilizai flashul reusai sa ingheti insecta mai bine..
Oricum imi place mult Bg si trompa :D.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-21 22:38]

Hi Anghel,
Outstanding inflight shot of this great looking Hummingbird Hawk-moth and you have freezed this moment with skill and timing. That extended proboscis looks awesome and I like the way it attacks the flower. Excellent lighting, DOF, POV and composition.

Hello Eliz

A beautiful capture.
Excellent DOF and POV.
The colours are well saturated.
Very good focus and sharpness.
Well composed in the frame.
You have managed excellent light.
Well done.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-22 0:42]

Buna Anghel,

Nu este usor sa fotografiezi aceasta insecta aflata in zbor. Imi place cum ai reusit sa redai trompa incolacita a fluturelui. Lumina intensa ti-a permis o buna redare a culorilor.

TFS si toate cele bune,

hi anghel,
beautiful presentation, the body of moth just missed your focus range, only the proboscis got it. but still this is fine capture. tfs.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-22 10:43]

Hello Anghel,
Good reflex. Splendid composed two object against superb BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-22 12:16]

Hi Anghel
Excellent Macro work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-10-23 14:22]

Salut Eliz,

ai reusit o poza dificila, tinind cont de viteza si instabilitatea subiectului. Culorile sun frumoase si detaliile destul de bune.
Felicitari Dan

Hello Eliz,
Very nice image of this moth, looks like an insect humingbird because its feding behavior. I like composition and BG. A pity thistle flower left petals are on the pic edge.

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING SHOT EVAH! :0) and you are carrying on about which side the proboscis is extending from! AKK would be thrilled just to capture this! Tis now one of my personal favorites! Hope you are still taking LOTS of pic and sharing here! KUDOS

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