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Clear-winged hummingbird moth

Clear-winged hummingbird moth
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-02 17:08
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The clear-winged hummingbird moth is an oddball. It looks like a little hummingbird with a bumblebee's abdomen and a lobster tail.

Hemaris thysbe, the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth or Common Clearwing (wingspan 38-50 mm), readily visits flowers by day throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, where it ranges far to the north, even into the Yukon. It is not difficult to see why many gardeners would mistake an Hemaris thysbe moth for a small hummingbird as it hovers, sipping nectar from flowers through a long feeding tube. The moth hovers briefly, sipping for only a few seconds before darting off to a new flower. Green body "fur" and burgundy wing scales suggest a small ruby throated hummingbird.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-02 19:10]

Beautiful image Kris,
The sharpness and detail are right on the money, and the colors are gorgeous. Love the tiny transparent parts in the wings.
Your right they do remind you of a tiny hummingbird. I have had many people tell me about the baby hummingbirds that they have in their flower beds, only to find out that they were actually these little guys. Well done!!

Witaj Kris.
I kto to by pomyślał, że to motyl? Ni to ptak ni to trzmiel...
Marzę o tym, żeby kiedyś zrobić zdjęcie jakiemuś zawisakowi;-)
Uchwyciłeś ostrość na głowie i tułowiu, przez to zamroziłeś owada. Skrzydełka dają wrażenie akcji przez to, że są rozmyte.
Bardzo dobry "strzał".
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

interesting moth with transparent wings, beautiful colours, great photo

My compliments to you on your photo. I'm just about to put up a photo of a hummingbird moth that I took. Yours is much better. I appreciate the fact that there are photographers such as yourself here.

Your colors are spectacular, the clarity is perfect, and your your photo reveals details about the subject that might other wise go un-noticed.

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