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Macroglossum stellatarum


Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 126] (937)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-13
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-06 5:32
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Points: 0
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The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) 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 .


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