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My 1st Hummingbird Hawk-moth

My 1st Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-19 12:02
Viewed: 5297
Points: 52
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Hello Friends,
This is my 1st Hummingbird Hawk-moth photo here on TN :)
Last summer I tried so hard to capture this cool moth here in Willowbrook,IL with using 3 different camera and 4 different telephoto lenses but couldn't capture not one good one to post here but this year i spent $639 and bought new Canon 70-300 IS telephoto lens and here it is:)
I saw this moth last week 2 days in row and captured as much as I could because I don't wanna wait another year to capture it:)
They were 4 of them and 2 has different colors than others.Almost like dull brown color unlike vivid reddish color like this one on this photo..
I hope you like it:)

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of hawk moth with a long proboscis, and is capable of hovering in place, making an audible humming noise. These two features make it look remarkably like a hummingbird when it feeds on flowers. The forewings are brown and the hindwings are orange. The wingspan is 50-58 mm.

Adults may be encountered at any time of the year, especially in the south of the range and two or more broods are produced each year. They fly during the day, especially in bright sunshine. The larva is green with two stripes along the sides and the horn at the rear end typical of sphingids. It usually feeds on bedstraws and madders but has been recorded on other plants including Aster, Centaurea, Petunia, Phlox, Sage and various thistles.

The species is distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere but is resident only in warmer climates. It is strongly migratory 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).
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-19 12:04]

Excellent capture, Chris!
Very good POV and a perfect DOF. Focus is spot on, and the colors are very vivid...i love it!
Bravo and TFS

HI Chris, nice inflight macro!!
Colors and details are super.
Not an easy shot but excellent results.


Hi Chris!

Congratulations, this is not an easy catch! Exposition, POV, sharpness are great and I like the colors! BG is also very nice, TFS,


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-19 13:47]

Hello Chris,
excellent shot, I captured one last year, but not have such great results. I diden't even know what I was taken pictures of. You did excellent, very nice sharp details and beautifyul motion in the wings. Colors and details are lovely. Very well composed and framed.

Hi Chris,
What a stunning photo. The moth in flight is really beuatiful and so well captured. The details are super and so is the motion. Your DOF is very good with a nice tone of green. The flower is a bit OE-ed, but with such great capture of the moth, who gives a .....'

Very nice shot Chris!
I like these POV and DOF which develop the subject well! Good colours and light.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-07-19 13:48]

so, the 639 bucks were a good investment. *g*
not even, that it is your first hawk-moth, chris,
you captured it in flight, amazing, perfect,
superb focus on the moth, nice blurry wing-motion
and a terrific composition with the beautiful flower as a "fueling station".
well seen & done, thorsten.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-19 15:24]

selam dostum
bu cok hareketli ve nerdeyse yakalanmasi (en azindan benim icin gecerli cunki bu tatilde cok gordum ama bi turlu yakalayamadim)imkansiz turu cok basarili bi sekilde kadrajlamissin. eline saglik

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-19 18:05]

Very good photo of this moth Chris!
Quite dificult to take on fly!
Very good DOF and details!
I think it is not a Macroglossum stellatarum but some kind of Hemaris.
M. stellatarum is more grey and not so colourfull as we can see on your photo.
Take a look at:
Macroglossum stellatarum
5* and TFS!

  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-19 19:30]

Hi Cris
Great action shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done mf


No smiles left. Will be back

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-20 1:54]

Congratulations Chris!
Very good moment, perfectly captured. Composition is good, details also, green BG fits well. These moths are very hard to capture but you did it well.

Excellent sharpness, colours and light. A good photo, Chris!
Best regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-20 3:29]

Hello Chris,
Wonderful in flight capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.

Excellent capture, Chris!!! That moth is amazing and beautiful!!! And the fact that you caught it in flight is very impressive! The nice and lovely green bg enhanced so much the insect and the flower! You also got a great pov (not easy to guess!) and did a remarkable composition! The only little thing (if I should say one) is that the flower looks a little bit OE. But that removes nothing about this incredible and fantastic picture!!! Excellent work and TFS,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-20 8:32]

Hi Chris,
Your new equipment seems fine to capture this insect! A technically perfect shot with great details, blured bg and an excelent composition! Good job.
TFS, José M.

Hello CT,
Great in-flight capture!
The little fellow is quite amazing as he is hovering around that most interesting flower!
Well composed, good macro work on details...
Well done on this one, my friend!
Pablo -

hi chris
j'en vois de temps en temps butiner les fleurs chez moi mais il sont bien trop rapide pour moi.
excellent.merci pour le partage.

Hi Chris,
EXCELLENT close-up!!!
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-07-21 8:17]
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Cok net, piril piril renklerde, olaganüstü bir fotograf!
Tebrikler, ellerinize saglik!

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-23 10:45]

Privet Chris.
I know as difficultly "to stop" insects in movement. It is very healthy it has turned out.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-27 3:46]

Hi Chris! Excelent timing! What a nice capture! Beautiful colours and sharp details! Well done work!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-05 23:26]

Hi Chris.
I have not believed to my eyes when has seen, that there is no my critique under this picture. I few times tried to photograph this moth, but at me nothing turned out

Your shot is great. Details and sharpness of the moth are outstanding, BG is colourful and amazing. Composition is excellent. Bravo.

Hi Chris,
A superb shot on the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. You nailed this one! Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Just the right amount of wing blur with the rest frozen very well in sharp detail. Beautiful OOF green backround sets it up well.

Hi Chris,
why have I missed this one?!? It's beautiful.
This moths are so impressive, I like them so much. Now we have autumn here in Germany, not many chances to see them again in 2006 ;-(
But I will spend the next week in Italy - keep your fingers crossed for me for some warm and sunny days. Bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi friend!
Very eye catching photo! I was compelled to look at it straight away! Great colours, sharpness and composition! Take care Ana:)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-11-12 1:31]

Hi Chris.

Wonderful photo, excellent composition, colors,details and sharpness, great action capture, good note.


Hi Chris,

Excellent photo! I have been taking a few photos of these too, haven't got one that I'm completely happy with yet, but I'll keep trying.

By the way, we have Snowberry Clearwings in the Chicago area too, maybe that's the other ones that you saw.


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