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Macroglossum stellatarum


Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-21 11:57
Viewed: 1527
Points: 18
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Sphingidae

Genus: Macroglossum

Species: M. stellatarum

Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth, is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It shouldn't be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example 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 (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). 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.

La sfinge del galio (Macroglossum stellatarum LINNAEUS, 1758) è un insetto dell'ordine dei Lepidotteri, conosciuto anche col nome farfalla sfinge o sfinge colibrì. Le ali anteriori sono grigie con bande sottili e scure mentre quelle posteriori sono arancioni. Con un'apertura alare di circa 50 mm è tra le sfingidi più piccole. Il ciuffo di peli caratteristico bianco e nero al fondo dell'addome, serve come timone per stabilizzare il volo. Ha abitudini diurne e crepuscolari. Vola nei mesi caldi dell'anno e si posa solo per riposare dopo il crepuscolo, ben nascosta dalla vegetazione, coprendo con le ali anteriori le posteriori e lasciando scoperto l'addome. Può svernare nelle abitazioni.
Questo Sphingidae passa con estrema rapidità da un fiore all'altro senza mai posarsi: resta in volo librato su di essi per pochi secondi (da 3 a 10 circa) battendo velocemente le ali ad una frequenza di circa 200 volte al secondo e protendendo la lunga spirotromba verso i fiori per suggere il nettare. Il suo è un volo stazionario, particolare e molto differente da quello delle altre farfalle; le sue ali sono infatti animate da un movimento estremamente veloce, molto simile ad una vibrazione. Questo le permette di stazionare in modo fermo e preciso sui fiori e di gustarne il nettare restando in volo, non difformemente da un colibrì.

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hallo Roberto
super good shot with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto, l'hai beccato alla grande mentre fa rifornimento in volo, gran bello anche il fiore, splendida macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Roberto-This is third time in few days I have been watching this Hummingbird Moth in flying mode.Very well captured.Wings are showing its speed of flying,although head portion is nicely freeze.Good details and natural colour with beautiful composition.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-22 2:06]

Hello Roberto,
Excellent macro of this Hawk-moth in flight. Spectacular sharpness and details with nice moving wings. Very beautiful colours and a pleasant composition.
Regards,
Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-07-22 7:32]

Hi Roberto.
You have frozen an amazing moth near so beautiful flowers simply perfectly. Focus is precise as well as DOF. Colours and blurriness of the surroundings underline the perfectness of the main subject. My compliments and best wishes.
Alexei.

Ciao Roberto,questo sta diventanto un tuo secondo cavallo di battaglia dopo la dispar,non è facile da scovare ma è impossibile da fotografare,quando si superano i 50 i riflessi non sono piu' quelli di una volta...ehehe...la foto è un vero spettacolo,dettagli allucinanti sul corpo ed il miglior effetto causato dal movimento isterico delle ali!! Buona serata,Luciano

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-07-22 11:50]

Hello Roberto

Excellent image, very nice composition, splendid sharpness and very nice details, beautiful blurring BG, nice POV

RGDS

Nikos

hallo Roberto
照的很漂亮 很美丽的蜂蝶 也很清晰
說真的這一張照片的可以說是完美
有動態和靜態的美同時呈現 這種功力很難有的
构图也很美丽 真是好看
谢谢分享
STONE

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-08-18 0:11]

Great shot here. It is very difficult to take a picture of this little animal. The sharpness on the body is perfect plus the light. Congratulation for this picture. Un saludo.

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