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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon, Sigma EX APO Macro 180 mm F/3.5 IF, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 7:45
Viewed: 3980
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
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. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk (Herrera, 1992), dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths (Pittaway, 1993). Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours (Kelber, 1996)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-26 8:03]

Bonjour Robi,
Superb in-flight of M. stellatarum feeding on buddleia. Excellent POV and sharpness against a neutral BG and a pleasing composition.
TFS this beauty,
Amicalement et bon weekend,

Hello Robi,
I like this distance towards the subject. Often we see close up photos, almost macro images with a shallow depth of field.
I have nothing against the former. But this doesn't look like a lens test especially in terms of the way the colourful moth is photographed.
A nit is the somewhat out of focus flower and as a consequence the increasing the blown highlights.
Greenish OOF BG is well done.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-07-26 8:46]
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Hello Robi,
the hawkmoth you show on your picture is a species of the genus Hemaris,
most probably Hemaris fuciformis.
Very good focus on the flying insect.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-26 8:46]

salut Robi,
alors pas encore en vacances :)
Agréable macro colorée, cet insect est bien saisi dans son vol stationnaire. Le pov est intéressant, tu trouves une diagonale originale avec cette fleur.
bien vu.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-26 11:02]

Bonsoir Robi,
Tu as eu de la chance avec ce sphynx fuciforme (Hummelschwärmer), que l'on voit bien plus rarement que le Macroglossum stellatarum chez nous. Bel arrière-plan et des fleurs bien intéressantes.

Hi Robi,
great in-flight capture, well composed, crisp and clear, with a perfectly supporting background. And indeed you have captured something much less common than the vagrant Macroglossum stellatarum: Our native Hemaris fuciformis (Hummelschwärmer) as Peter (batu) already stated.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-26 11:38]

Hi Robi. I saw one in our garden one hot summer a few years ago but have never seen one since . maybe one day again. . You have captured this one with good detail and natural colours. I like the different coloured stripes in the body. well done TFS.

I know how tricky it is to capture this Moth because it never sits still and keeps on moving from point to point in a tearing hurry.
That way, you have managed a fairly clear shot of this difficult subject with fairly good details and colours on it.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-27 0:29]

Hi Robi.
I like this full of lights and summer colours in-flight close-up. Great timing, wonderful lights, crisp sharpness of the plant and fine insect. I also like excellent framing and composition of the shot. Bravo and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-27 1:11]

Hi Robi
Great picture! Wonderful animal, great composition, good colours and sharpness.
You've just caught the right moment .

Hi Robi, great capture of this little fast devil, great composition with beautiful flowers, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Robi,
Beautiful inflight, nice & sharp with very good detail/DOF.
Great color, the image has a pleasing sunny look to it also.
Well done & Thank You!

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-07-28 22:41]

Joli réflexe, belle présentation.
Bonne journée.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-29 7:48]

Bonjour Robi, c'est une superbe capture de cet insecte, c'est bien piqué et la composition est efficace, bravo et merci!


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