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Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 7:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most beautiful moths in Portugal.
Also rare specie too.
I tacked this photo at Sierra da Estrela in May.
Deilephila elpenor is difficult to observe in my region, but I made a small trip to the highest mountain in Portugal, with my friend from TAGIS, and I have the opportunity to take a few shot of this specie.
The picture was tacked at night, so I had to use the flash.
It was around 23:10 at night when this beautiful moth comes to us, attracted by the fluorescent light, which was our trap.
Their larva feeds on several plants, such as: Vitis, Parthenocissus, Epilobium, Chamaenerion angustifolium, Clarkia, Galium, Calla palustris, Impatiens, Fucsia and Menyanthes
This specie is known as Elephant Hawk-moth in English.
It belongs to the Sphingidae Macroglossinae family.
It has Wingspan 60 to 75mm.

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Hello Paulo,
This is a very beautiful moth, I know this kind. This picture is very sharp and clear. Good job and TFS.


Beautiful moth Paulo, Your efforts paid off well. Great use of flash under very difficult night-time conditions..I've been checking my porch lamp every night and early morning in the hope of finding a colorful moth there myself..We have some very large ones here in Texas..
Great colors and details, Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-15 12:07]

That is indeed a beautiful moth, Paulo. All your efforts to go in search of it were worthwhile and well rewarded. The flash is doing a good job of showing the gorgeous colors. Very crisp focus. Great pick of BG as the green leaf offers a sharp contrast to the pinks and oranges of the insect. Very well done and TFS. : )

Paulo, great macro about a Deilephila elpenor. Excellent colours, light and good sharpness. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

- oh, i sea, my daughter is wrong, it´s not a moth ---- it´s a butterfly!!!! This butterfly is a "Sphingidae". His name Deilephila elpenor, in german "Mittlerer Weinschwärmer".

Best regards

Wow, taken at night also, your use of the flash on this photo worked very well, Paulo.

Excellent details, colors, and POV.

Well done and TFS.

Paulo, wonderful shot and well worth the effort you put into getting it. Those colours are amazing so wonderful exposure and good use of flash. Very nice sharpness and definition too. What is your moth trap like? I'm trying to make one myself. I'd love to see this species, I'm quite jealous but well done and TFS :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-15 15:54]

Hello Paulo, very nice shot of this moth. The colours are excellent and it's a rare thing to see one in light such as this. I've only ever seen one before.

Did you use noise reduction? I ask as the details on the thorax looks a little odd...perhaps this is me?

Well done on this capture.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-15 16:00]

Hi Paulo,
good capture by night. Nice colours of b-fly, interesting note. Well done and hunting.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-08-15 16:41]

Oi Paulo!
Excellent photo.
Parabens e obrigada.
All the Best,

Very nice capture Paulo,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Well composed. good notes, good colours & Well captured. Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Hi Paulo!
It's unusual shot! I never saw something like that! Just adimrable!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-16 3:21]

Amazing insect Paulo! Not known in Poland. Superb pinky colours, great contrast with green leaf. I like it very much.

Great foto.
Good colours and contrast.

Hello Paulo

Interesting colours and shape to this moth. There is an amazing shine to this guy. Nice work. Thanks.

Very beautiful moth. Attractive setting with good POV and DOF. Well done.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-17 17:57]

Hi Paulo,

It looks like an sophisticated US airplane.
Very interestinf=g, never seen before.

Thanks for sharing,


What a beautiful and unusual moth, Paulo. Your efforts paidd off! Your use of flash worked well here. The orange and pink is very striking against the green leaf. Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-19 3:57]

What a nice and interesting moth that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, light, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Paulo.

What a stunning looking moth.Ihave never seen one this colour before.

Brilliant capture and detail.Good colours and contrast.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-28 13:03]

Hi Paulo Henrique! I do not have the time to write a decent comment.

"Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves." (Jacques Rousseau)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull week!

Hello Paulo
Beautiful moth and well captured. Your planning and patience really paid off with this shot. Excellent use of flash.

WOW Paulo, isto si que son cores. O specimen e incribel e a calidade tambem. Un post de categoria. Parabens.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-04 4:44]

Paulo, you show us a real beauty here, and what an unusual shape he is too. Great colours and sharp details. Well done, thank you.

Oi Paulo:

Uma composicao e macro maravilhoso. alem disso tem uma otima luminosidade. PARABENS !!!


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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-11-27 21:34]

Oi o Paulo, esta traça está muito muito bonita. Isto para lembrar meu algo muito especial que eu para ver na floresta alguns anos atrás, com uma forma semelhante para esta beleza que você nos apresenta. A harmonia das linhas é adorável. Os contrastes excelentes. A iluminação favorece muito bem a variação do tom da traça, a imagem tem claridade muito boa, grande trabalho, parabéns. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

Parabéns Paulo!!
Vi que você é especialista em "mariposas"(pt-Brasil)! Gostei muito dessa foto, cores, ângulo e nitidez estão excelentes!!
Valeu pela correção na "Strange Moth"

Um abraço

Francisco Sales

It is a very colorfull critter you have here. These Hawk moths are just beautifull. Well done on nailing this rare species.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-09 23:50]

Hola Paulo.
Interesante ejemplar nocturno,buenos colores y detalles,bonita composicion.

Hi Paulo,
I'd like to see this beauty with my own eyes, wow, that's a wonderful insect.
The colours and the sharpness are excellent, thank you very much for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Woow what a beautiful moth is this!! Paulo you really have a good luck to see this rare species.It is enough said to your photo.I really like it too much.Congrats.Do you have any information about this,about distribution in Turkey?


Great picture. Excelent POV, vivid colors.
Thanks for posting

Hola Paulo,
impresionante foto, colores rarísimos pero bellos. Buenos detalles. Muy util la nota

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-15 4:32]

Hello Paulo,
Well done on capturing this rare moth.
Great colours and excellent detail here.
For a night shot,the quality is very impressive.
A very informative note too.


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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-02-17 20:17]
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hola paulo, el uso del flash no le quito a esta fotografia. que hermosos detalles. me gusta mucho la forma de esta polilla. yo pensaria que es una mariposa nocturna, por el tronco del cuerpo tan peludo y grueso. Parabens pelo bom trabalho, um abraco,

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-02-22 0:36]
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Was difficult to choose the better photo for me, all are great you are a good photographer nice work but this it’s my favorite you make an exc macro!! Well done Paulo

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-02-27 20:27]
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Você está com boas macros. Esta está ótima. Muito boa difinição e cores. Bom POV.

Ohhh a wonderful picture with this unknown for me creature.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-12 16:54]
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Nice capture, great butterfly, well seen and done. TFS.



wow! shape and colors are incredible.
beautiful kind.


hello paulo,
what a beautiful moth!!what a great shot!:)colours are awesome.good sharpness and nice composition.
thank you for sharing.

Hej Paulo!
Piekna cma. Ladnie odbija kolor czerwony od zielonego liscia. Dobry kadr, kolory i ostrosc. Dziekuje, ze mog³am to zobaczyc dzieki Tobie. Pozdrawiam

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  • cruize (30)
  • [2006-04-10 5:56]
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What a great image of this moth that looks like an orange stealth bomber.

Great focus on and nice contrasting background.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-12 15:46]
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Hello Paulo,
This is a very beautiful moth.
Sharp and clear shot.
Good job and TFS.


Hello Paulo
excellent capture,great shot and composition.
Compiments for your fantastic gallery.

Hi Paulo,

You have a very nice serie of butterfly. I choose this one because i find it very beautifull. It's a kind of butterfly that we can't see here in Quebec. I like the contrast between the leave and the butterfly. Good details too. Very well done.

Have a nice day.


Hi Paulo,
I just found out recently that moth also very colorful. So sad that we only can see this beautiful moth only at night. A great work.

I know this species well. You have captured it really well and the colours are excellent for a nighttime shot.

I noticed a number of other moths in your collection, I shall have to find few more hours in the day, to come and visit them... possibly tomorrow evening.


Hi Paulo ,

A lovely macro capture , what can be said other than this is amazing shot with sharpness , BG , composition is totaly 100%. Love this pic.



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  • ste (66)
  • [2006-05-23 15:18]
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Oh, comme c'est étrange! Il s'est habillé pour une fête techno?!!! Bravo pour ce magnifique cliché

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-04 15:11]
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Hi Paulo,
Amazing colors here, really catched my eyes.
great photograph, I think its perfect!

Nice shot. Here in Poland it's one of the most popular moths from Sphingidae ;-D


Esta é magnífica Paulo!!! bem tento mas nunca encontrei esta maravilha, parabéns, FABULOSA!!!

Hello Paulo,
It's nice macro shot & beautiful baterfly.

Well done.

Have to be honest moths are not my favourite but this one caught my eye. Very colourfull. Nice background against leaf makes it stand out. I think maybe it might stand out more if you cropped it to so its just sat on leaf without distraction of top right corner. TFS Allan

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:46]
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Great picture of this moth. Great color with sharp details.


very beautiful moth. The colors are stunning and the silky smooth texture it has on its body is nice. TFS.

Preciosa mariposa y preciosa foto.

Another beautiful picture of yours! I like the way the radiant ribs of the leaf support the composition. Colors are also excellent and make good contrast because they are complementary. Very good job! Congratulations and TFS!


One of the most beautiful moths I have known. Great colors and wonderful composition.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-13 12:28]

Beautiful moth!
Good composition!

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