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My first hawk moth

My first hawk moth
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-31 10:31
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Hawk Moths, a family of large, fast-flying moths, also known as sphinx moths. There are more than 1,000 species found throughout the world, mainly in the tropics. Hawk moths have stout, streamlined bodies with slender forewings and small hindwings. The largest have a wingspan of about 13 cm (5 in). Most species feed by means of a hollow proboscis, which they use to suck nectar from flowers. One species has a proboscis 25 cm (10 in) long. Some species are known as hummingbird moths from their habit of hovering in front of flowers while feeding.

The larva (caterpillar) of the hawk moth has a sharp, curved horn at its rear, a feature that has earned it the nickname hornworm (especially in North America). The larvae grow to 10 cm (4 in) in length and may damage crops. The larvae do not spin proper cocoons but pupate in the soil. Some parasitic wasps lay their eggs in hawk moth larvae and exercise a degree of natural control.

Some species are called death's-head moths after a pattern resembling a skull on their thorax. Others are named after the larva's food plant, such as lime hawk moth, pine hawk moth, and privet hawk moth.

Scientific classification: Hawk moths make up the family Sphingidae of the order Lepidoptera. The hummingbird hawk moth is classified as Macroglossum stellatarum and the death's-head moth is Acherontia atropos. The lime hawk moth is Mimas tiliae; the pine hawk moth, Hyloicus pinastri; and the privet hawk moth, Sphinx ligustri.

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HOla Mark
Muy buena captura con gran nitidez y colorido.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

Nicely done. Excellent colors and sharp detail. Nice composition, but I am wondering if a closer crop would have been better.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-31 11:00]

Hello Mark.
This an excellent flash capture of the Humming-bird Hawk-moth. I might have tried cropping it a bit more, but this shot is pretty good anyway.
TFS, regards, Ivan

bonjour mark
formidable cliché,le BG noir laisse ressortir impeccablement bien les couleurs des fleurs,le morosphinx est bien figé.

Hi Mark,
Great shot - you froze it in mid flight, exposure and focus are right on.
I guess you wanted to to keep both the flower and moth in the frame but in my opinion the moth is more important and looks a bit small in this setup, but that's just my opinion.
Anyhow - it is beautiful.
TFS - Shir

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-31 12:34]

Hello Mark,
You're lucky to have caught this beautiful moth in such a nice pose by the Lantana. Very sharp and excellent colours.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Mark,

Exellent shot
superb sharpness, details, colours, POV, DOF and BG

TFS Thijs

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-31 13:16]

Hermosa captura en vuelo nocturno con excelente colorido y agudeza Mark.
Me agradan los detalles de la polilla así como los de la lantana, aunque aparecen brillos producidos por el flash.
Muy adecuado encuadre y presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful capture in flight nocturne with excellent colors and sharpness Mark.
I like details of the moth as well as those of the lantana, although shines appear produced by the flash.
Very appropriate framing and presentation.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

HI Mark,
you can be proud - the first one - and so sharp and with brilliant colours - excellent work, I love it. I also had 2 shots here of this beautiful moth, it's amazing to see it "staying" in the air, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-31 19:19]

Hi Mark
Great inflight shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done


Hello Mark,
A big applause for this wonderful picture. The hawk moth and flower stand out from dark background. Perfect composition, dof,and exposure. With best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-01 14:00]

Hello Mark,
Excellent POV and lovely colors. The sharp details are wonderful. The dark lets the main subject stand out very well. Very nice composition with a wonderful use of flash

Hi Mark!
The debate raging on the TN Forum these days revolves round one major issue: Aesthetics or Technical Excellence? The consensus? Of course, the middle path!
Your image of this Hawk Moth hovering over a lantana flower is a perfect example of that middle path. It is technically superb and aesthetically rich. I love the way the moth and the flowers stand out against the pitch dark BG you have managed so very effectively.
Great work, Mark, and thanks for sharing it.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-02 12:39]

Hola Mark.- Una bella foto de esta Palomilla. Exelentes colores de las flores y un fondo en color negro hermoso. Saludos Luis52.

Hey Mark,

The black background made the moth really stand out ! Did you take the photo at dusk to get that effect ?

Thumbs up for a great picture !

Incredibile presa al volo!
Molto nitida grazie al perfetto uso del flash!

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