HUMMINGBIRD HAWK - MOTH
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|HUMMINGBIRD HAWK - MOTH (Macroglossum stellatarum)|
The hummingbird hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). It is a strong flier, dispersing widely 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).
The wing action is frozen in this photo by using electronic flash. This picture was shot in Hanko, Finland, latitude 60°N, on August 19, 2006, thus far north of the typical residential distribution
As an adult, the forewings are brown, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a fan-tail of setae at the end. The wingspan is 40–45 millimetres (1.6–1.8 in).
In the southern parts of its range, the hummingbird hawk-moth is highly active even when temperatures are high, and thoracic temperatures above 45 °C (113 °F) have been measured. This is among the highest recorded for hawk-moths, and near the limit for insect muscle activity.
Its long proboscis and its hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.
Hummingbird hawk-moths can be easily seen in gardens, parks, meadows, bushes, and woodland edge, where the preferred food plants grow.
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- [2019-01-16 1:51]
Hi Marius,one of the most difficult species to take but not for you as i can see,a great capture of this hummingbird moth,very common in my country too,i like the perspective and the very impressive sharpness too. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Very nice capture Marius. And happy to upload again.
A brilliant capture which I would think would be hard to do with the movement. Well done.
- [2019-01-16 22:32]
Precise focussing on the subject, excellent.
- [2019-01-17 2:18]
As usual good shot Marius. Well details and perfect background.
Perfect timing, Marius!