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Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth
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Copyright: Jose Vladimir (MacroMundo) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 64] (1628)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 14:26
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hard work take a shot of this Moth with non DSLR camera.
see small movie link below


Diurnal. In behaviour, this moth is exceptional amongst European Sphingidae: whilst preferring to fly in bright sunlight, it will also take wing at dawn, at dusk or at night; in rain, or on cool, dull days. Very hot weather tends to induce a state of torpidity in many, with activity then confined to the relative cool of the morning and late afternoon. Herrera (1992) found maximum activity occurring between 18.00 and 20.00 hours in southern Spain. Whatever the flight-time, this species is very strongly attracted to flowers yielding plentiful supplies of nectar, such as Jasminum, Buddleja, Nicotiana, Tulipa, Primula, Viola, Syringa, Verbena, Echium, Phlox and Stachys, hovering in front of and repeatedly probing each bloom before darting rapidly to the next. A great wanderer, being present right across Europe from the alpine tree-line to city centres, wherever nectar flowers may be found. Its powers of flight are amazing, and have been studied in detail by Heinig (1987). Apparently, this species also has a fine memory, as individuals return to the same flower-beds every day at about the same time (Pittaway, 1993). (See also Heinig (1981a, 1984).)

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  • simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
  • [2007-02-19 14:39]

Jose, you've done exceptionally well given the situation and equipment.

I know how hard these are to photograph. To capture it at 1/250 is great work as they move so fast. Trouble is we can't really make out any of the wings because they are so blurred. The POV is good giving us a side profile of the insect.

I don't really like the BG but you had to make do and you have given a true reproduction of the moment,



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