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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 4:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Todays post is from my archives. I have never post any shot of moth before and this is the first one. This one looks as a bird and this is the reason why this insects get my attention.

Captured with my old 20D @ 400mm, handhold. It was on the Swedish island Öland, place called Ottenby...

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. 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...

More info @ wikipedia...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-12 4:39]

Hej Ralf,
So we're neighbours today! Great in-flight shot from Öland of this Hawkmoth. I love its pose and the flower is beautiful too. Sharp details, fine colours and very well composed.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Ralph,

Very nice picture, very sharp. Last July was not so warm in Brittany (France) and I could not see this moth in our garden.



Hi Ralf
lovely compo and perfect exposure with great dof and lovely wingblur
really great

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-12 5:45]

mmm fantastic shot,very very perfect in timing choice !!! thanks for share,best regards,Luciano

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-12 6:08]

Excellent Ralf!!!
Exceptional shot of this flying moth!
+++ Brilliant sharpness for such a fast-flapping moth. Great colours and lighting. Very good contrast.
--- Nothing :)
Very well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-12 7:24]

Hi Ralph
Very nice image ,it is very sharp whit lovely colors.POV and DOF are perfect.
TFS Michel

bonjour ralf
rien a dire ce morosphinx est parfaitement mis en valeur,net et detaillé et avec de belles couleurs.
bravo moi je n'en ai pas vu cette année.

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-10-12 7:59]

Nice action shot, Ralf!

Hi Ralf,
congratulations - that's a marvelous shot - so sharp and the moment so pretty.
Also the colours are brilliant, excellent work my friend, amazing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hej ralf!
den tog du snyggt!
sharp with nice colours
and a good composition!
well done!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-12 10:43]

Hi Ralf,

An excellent capture,with superb sharpness and details,this season I saw one hovering by,but these are really fast,but you managed it veryw ell,tfs


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-12 12:43]

Hello Ralf,
Great timing! Excellent sharpness and colours. Great composition and blurred BG. Fantastic POV and POV.

Hi Ralf,
very nice capture of this howk-moth with blue flowers with great details/sharpness, POV/DOF. Nicely composed. superb colors. Frame, action, BG also very nice.
have a nice weekend

Hi Ralf,
I didn't know that this hawk-moth live also in Sweden. It is not easy to catch it, because it fly so quickly. Nice composition and colours. A great job!
One of my favorites.

Hi Ralf,

I apologise for my long absence. The hectic pace of life leaves one little time for relaxation and hobbies.

This is incredible. What an actionshot. Very well done!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-15 7:45]
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Hej Ralf,
Excellent in-flight capture of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. The sharpness colours and composition make this one of the best shots that I have seen of this species. Last year was a good year for them but I missed it.
This is a good compensation!
TFS /Hälsningar,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-16 6:07]

Hi Ralf,
Very nice action capture of this hawkmoth. Details, colors, exposure handling and composition are very good.
Best wishes,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-20 16:07]

Hello Ralf,
I always admire such in-flight shots. And like very much this moth as well. What a fun it is to bserve it while hanging and sticking the pipe into flowers. Your shot is perfectly exposed with wisely chosen F number.
My congratulations!
Best greetings from Poland!

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