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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 8:29
Viewed: 2415
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or sometimes the Hummingmoth, 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).

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-05 8:40]

Hello Marius,
Superb macro of this Hawk-moth in fantastic sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Great matching blurred background and composition.

hello Marius,
a superb picture of this flying Hawk-moth with splendid sharpness and colour. very well composed picture.
best wishes,

Hello Marius,
An awesome image with fabulous colours, activity, composition and clarity. Was the background colour added later or did you manage to capture it in camera? Very pleasant to view indeed.

Hello Marius
Perfectly frozen yet in motion, from an excellent point of view and amazing detail.
Harmonious colours and background.
regards yiannis

Ciao Marius, great macro of a very fast moth on lovely flower, fine details, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius,
it's a perfect photo. Amazing colours. Great composition. Really perfect sharpness!!!
Thanks for sharing,

Buna Marius,
O foarte buna captura al unei speci pe care dificil de surprins in zbor.Culorile si detailiile sunt reusite,compozitie perfecta.Faina prezentare!

Hello Marius,
A terrific capture with such fine colors, details & timing. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-09-05 10:52]

Congratulation! this is a very dificult picture to take. I try many times with bad results. Excellent background and perfect composition. Un saludo.

Ciao Marius. Impressive detaisl and wonderful colours for this spectacular hummingbird. Very good OOF BG.


excellent shot, must have taken a lot of patience to get this moth inflight

well done

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  • summers (705)
  • [2012-09-05 11:50]

Hello Marius,

Wonderful shot with exactly the right amount of movement and great sharpness



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-05 11:50]

Hi Marius,how many times i tries to take a pic like your...but the results...ehehehhe..fantastic shot,fantastic details and point of view,very difficult and very professional,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marious,

Hope life is good. This is a splendid shot of this moth like your wonderful bird photos. You have captured quite skilfully in flight and it looks like a tiny bird. The focus is very good and details great. Thanks a lot for sharing....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-09-05 20:04]

Hello Marius,

Superb capture of this speedy moth in motion. A beautiful earthen, pastel bokeh enhances the black outlined features of this species and the dramatic purple hues of the knapweed plant of choice. The focus is tack sharp in every quadrant and pov ideal. A very difficult capture presented professionally and with absolute perfection!



amazing pollination, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-09-06 0:49]

Outstanding action capture! Interesting and beautiful.



Professional work! Very sharp and exact capture of a fast plot, exact adjustment and shot. It is admired!!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-06 2:12]

Hello Marius,
A very fine shot of M. stellatarum hoovering close to this beautiful purple thistle. Fine-colored blurred background too. Not an easy shot!
Kind regards

Hallo Marius
Thanks for sharing a brilliant image! The details you captured on this Hummingbird Hawk-moth is just super. If it was not for the movement seen on the wings one would have easily think it was frozen in flight.
Best regards.

An outstanding image of this incredibly interesting Hummingbird Hawk-moth which has so much similarities with many species of Hummingbird we know. Great depth of field, timing and clarity. The background is simply out of this world! Bravo Marius!
George Veltchev

Hi Marius

The thistle flower seem to be a very common and favorite for a lot of different insects and butterflies. No different for this hawk moth. What a super catch this one and brilliant composition.

Hi Marius,
Great shot. Congratulation.
Cheers from NYC.

Another GREAT macro Marius! The composition, the BG, the colors and the sharpness for one more time are excellent!

Amazing photo



hallo Marius
Wauwh this is super sharpness and i like the colours and light very much
great composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-09-07 12:36]

Hi Marius,
It's simply fantastic shot. Very nice colours with excellent sharpness details.
Gorgeous background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-08 11:27]

Hello Marius,
Outstanding ion-flight capture of a moth that is not easily photographed. Love the fine detail and beautiful natural coloration you managed to obtain.
I notice the colors of your particular species is quite different then those we have here in my home area of Ohio.

great capture, great shot Marius, excellent focus and timing !

un saluto, tino

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-19 13:09]

Hi Marius
Amazing catch of this flying moth.
Excellent DOF, sharpness and light.

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