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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: 2018-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-09-24 4:15
Viewed: 370
Points: 16
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HUMMINGBIRD HAWK - MOTH (Macroglossum stellatarum)

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).

The wing action is frozen in this photo by using electronic flash. This picture was shot in Hanko, Finland, latitude 60°N, on August 19, 2006, thus far north of the typical residential distribution
As an adult, the forewings are brown, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a fan-tail of setae at the end. The wingspan is 40–45 millimetres (1.6–1.8 in).

In the southern parts of its range, the hummingbird hawk-moth is highly active even when temperatures are high, and thoracic temperatures above 45 °C (113 °F) have been measured.[2] This is among the highest recorded for hawk-moths, and near the limit for insect muscle activity.

Its long proboscis and its hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.

Hummingbird hawk-moths can be easily seen in gardens, parks, meadows, bushes, and woodland edge, where the preferred food plants grow

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-09-24 5:53]

Excellent picture Marius! Great sharpness, details, light and color.
Not easy to catch it on the air!

fantastic capture, TFS Ori

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-09-24 7:48]

Me still in confusion that is this a bird or insect, I have seen this around but can't diffenciate it, well shot.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-09-24 15:52]

Hi Marius
This moth is really impressive and different. Seems to be a little bird. Excellent picture as usual.


Hi Marius
A strange looking one - I almost thought that it was a bird before I opened up the image. A oerfect taking of it.

I missed out this brilliant capture yesterday, Marius.
An exceptionally sharp image of the Moth hovering over the flower.
Thanks and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-09-25 9:50]

Hi Marius,our friend Dietrich will be jealous of this fantastic in flight capture..ehhee..absolutely perfect and very sharp,i like the perspective too. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
That's the quality! It's an easy task(not for all 😉) to capture a flying bird or insect, but it's not an easy task to capture an insect or bird with perfect POV and composition.Here is the main difference I can see in your shot. Well use of flash and perfect composition. Details are great, even I can see its big eye!

Credit goes to you for perfect POV with perfect composition. In one word "Visual impact".
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and enjoy photography,

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