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To Ulla

To Ulla
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-06-21 22:23
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Broad-bordered Bee Haw-moth (Hemaris fuciformis)
Swedish name: Humlelik Dagsvärmare, meaning ‘bumblebee-like day-flying hawk-moth’.

The cold and windy weather this month is beginning to warm up and as we had sunshine and relative warmth yesterday afternoon we took a short trip to one of our butterfly spots consisting of an open area in the pine forest.

Though not plentiful there were the usual species, all of which we had photographed before but we are always keen to get even better pictures.

While I was trying to follow a Blue Emperor Dragonfly that had unexpectedly turned up several km. from the nearest water, Ulla shouted excitedly to come to her.

She had discovered this Hawk-moth that she first took to be a bumblebee, but its rapid hovering behaviour round the flowers of Echium vulgaris soon drew her attention and made her call me.

I took several shots and was able to see the rolling out and in of the long proboscis between visiting flowers (SEE WORKSHOP).

It occurs in S. Sweden where it is not common but can be seen in flowery meadows during the second half of May and first half of June. This year flying times are rather late because of the cold weather.

It is widespread in Europe including S. Britain. It the south it occurs as two generations and the larval host plants include various species of Lonicera.

This was taken at a distance of about 2 meters (6 ft 6 in) with the camera hand held. After moderate cropping and size reduction the images were slightly sharpened.

The unopened thumbnail shows it at about natural size.

Though I am not in the habit of dedicating images to people, I dedicate this to my wife Ulla, my constant companion in the field as well at home, without whom I would not have taken these shots.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-06-21 22:59]

Very fine image to dedicate to Ulla, I too have seen one related species to this one, could never able to capture one, very difficult subject. Here its looks great in action with those pretty flowers, fine capture. tfs.

Hello and Good Morning Ivan,
Great macro capture of a hawk-moth and superb dedication your lady:)
TFS and regards,

Hello Ivan, what a splendid in-flight shot of a hawk-moth. Superb shot and superb dedication to a superb lady of this site.
TFS and regards,

Ulla certainly deserves credit for this picture, Ivan. If she had not drawn your attention to it, we would never have been able to see such a wonderful picture of a Hawk Moth.
You have judiciously made the exception to dedicate this picture to her :).
I too have tried my hand at this restless devil in the past, but with marginal success. You, on the other hand, have captured perhaps the clearest and the sharpest shot of it ever seen on TN.
The entire Moth with its proboscis well into the flower is frozen in action with lovely details and colours on it. The flowers add a great deal to the overall beauty of this composition.
Well done and TFS.

hello Ivan
splendid scene, colours intensely beautiful in a very good composition with very good light,(bantering we say that it resembles with Colibri),wonderful photo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-22 0:51]

Hello Ivan,
Never seen such a beautiful photo of a Hawk-moth. Thanks to Ulla also. So a very nice dedication. Excellent sharp details and a wonderful perfect composition. Splendid clear colours against the beautiful plain BG.

Günaydın Ivan Dostum,
A perfectly captured macro of a hawk-moth and perfectly dedicated shot to one of the 1st ladies on TN.
i could not think TN without you and Ulla!
Have a nice week with Ulla MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-06-22 1:31]

Hello Ivan,
A most beautiful picture of this fast fellow. I like the light you caught showing the magnificent colors of insect and flower. A great shot and not easy to make.
Un grand merci et bonne journöe

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-22 1:37]

Hi Ivan.
This subject is in my wish list for years. Wehave similar plants and flowers, we have almost similar moths, but I have not your skill and luck to take nice picture of such scene (I have many bad shots only). Superb in-flight picture with great sharpness, rich colours and amazing composition. Bravo.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-22 3:03]

Hi Ivan !
Utmärkt makro, mycket bra spelat.
En vecka vackra

Hi Ivan,
A nice dedication for Ulla. Very well timed shot. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan

Lucky you!, wish I had a partner who could find such treasures! Nice dedication too.
Good composition and I like the slight wing blur.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-22 4:26]

Slav Îvan,
What a splendid macro shot.Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Ivan,

What a BEAUTY's
Excellent shots
Lovely dedication to Ulla

TFS Thijs

Hello Ivan
the focusing on the Hemaris is perfect. Excellent the composition of colors that give a great contrast between the little insect and the flower with fine details and optimal game of light.

Hello Ivan,
The beautiful shot of Moth with its proboscis & flower has come out very well. Your compositions are out of the world. TFS

Hi Ivan,

A very nice shot, a fine, attractive composition, shows the insect well, and caught it while nectaring. These aren't the easiest insect to photograph, I know from experience. There are at least 2 species that visit flowers in my yard a little later in the summer, and I've made a couple attempts to capture them in photos, with mixed results.

Hello Ivan
a great view of the Broad-bordered Bee Haw-moth, excellent POV and DOF, outstanding sharpness and brilliant colours in a fantastic composition.
Best regards

Hi Ivan,

Splendid photo, with accurate timing to capture the motion of insect wings and achieve a defined and clear. Excellent balance of light upon the whole, allow smooth and accurate colors. Very good job, also has a composition very appropriate.

Regards & TFS!


1/2000th it took eh? I wonder how fast those wings go? Even at high speed ..1/500th was my rule as was that of many back in the day...but in this day and age we sometimes need 1/10,000....I don't think many cameras go that high..Catch a bullet in mid air...

But none the less this is a superior mid air capture. Nice use of the sun as well..and being the resident naming expert...we have a winner!

Hi Ivan
Both shots are great Maybe I like the ws version a little bit more ;-) Nice POV, great moment, perfect blured background. And of course very interesting species and great dedication to Ulla
Best wishes

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-06-22 10:45]
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Merhaba Ivan!
Değerli dost Ulla için çok güzel bir hediyeyi bizimle paylaşmışsın. Gerçekten çok başarılı bir uçar makro. Renkler, tüylerdeki canlılık ve kompozisyon ile birinci sınıf bir iş çıkartmışsınız. Ellerinize sağlık.
İzninizle bu kareyi favorlerime eklemek istiyorum.
Bol selam.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-22 10:53]

Hi Ivan, What nice words to write and dedication to Ulla, You have chosen a beautiful pictute of the Broad-bordered Bee Haw-moth . Your picture has excellent detail and colours as this one take on food. Interesting to see just the foward wings moving . A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2009-06-22 12:11]

Super ve basarili macro cekimi Ivan..Tebrikler

Hello Ivan,

Superb capture.
Fantastic timing.
Ligth,focus and colours are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-22 15:34]

Hi Ivan,surely a great gift for your wife,this is a top difficult pic taken very very perfectly,wonderful point of view,top quality of sharpness and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Ivan
a wonderful shot of this Hawk-moth and great dedication for your wife Ulla
this insects are very difficult to capture, they are very fast and always in move but you have taken two first class images of them, this one and the workshop
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-22 17:00]

Hi Ivan,

It's so nice to see you dedicate this wonderful picture to Ulla. She earned it :-) I hope you both know how lucky you are to have each other. I have never seen a Hawk-moth but feel that I have after seeing these two shots. Excellent colors and details of this insect showing off the long tongue. (I love it half-coiled). A lovely setting, background and composition.


This is one shot I'd love to cherish!
It is so beautiful, in terms of sharpness, colour and detail!
And then I've rarely seen you or Ulla even mention each other, apart from some passing references!
This is a keeper!

Ciao Ivan, great dedication wto your wife Ulla, splendid moth on a beautiful flower, great macro with fantastic colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

ciao Ivan!
a great capture in flight of this Hemaris fuciformis,really an example of a photographic technique for quality and management of exposure...Ulla certainly appreciate!!

have you a good weeks sERGIO

A wonderful shot Ivan,and a lovely dedication to Ulla.
Very nice work indeed.
Cheers & TFS

Ciao Ivan. Fantastic POV here and excellent dynamic taken. Faboloulose macro.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-25 8:21]

Hi Ivan,
this is a magnificent shot with a great skill. The frozen movement allows us to witness a superbs action of this habit of the moth. That long proboscis in its natural action is really a fascinating capture.
Congratulations for such an excellent shot, and not forgetting that the dedication is very perfect indeed.
My hat to both of you, the sharing is enormous.


hello Ivan

beautiful dedication to Ulla, both photos are excellent
but my preference (ma préférence) go to the one on the WS,
i love the POV of that photo and the blur of the wings
that is showing the motion of the insect's flight, TFS


Hello Ivan,
remarkable capture of this not very common hawkmoth hovering over Echium blossoms, perfectly focussed and frozen in motion. Lucky moment, my congratulations!
Very nice and well deserved dedication to Ulla who is sharing with you all the excitement of watching nature. With thanks and all my best wishes to both of you,

P.S.: Thank you for your kind visit and friendly words to my recent posting, Ivan. Hope to be back again soon on a more regular base to this friendly, encouraging and inspiring community here on TN.

Enhorabuena por la captura Ivan !!!

hello Ivan
great composition with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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