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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/5.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-22 5:28
Viewed: 5536
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This moth is widespread in our region. However, it is not a very easy subject for shooting.

Many years I could dream to shoot it only. One year ago after purchasing a lens with super-fast and accurate autofocus I was up to this task. It was found that to photograph the moth by means of the Nikon D700 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200/2.8 VR II combo is quite not difficultly. After that the key point is a subject, its beautifulness and light conditions. My summer house is surrounded by wild field grass and plants which have not very attractive state. But the exceptions are happened.

Shared shot is the first at all in whole first series of the pictures of the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. If I will have a free time I shall show other pictures of the moth.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It is theorised that this resemblance is a result of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours (Macroglossum stellatarum).

See also Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-22 5:31]

Hello Alexei.
Amazing action shot of this Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Details are very sharp, the colors are gorgeous. Wonderful POV and composition. Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-22 5:36]

Hi Alex,this pic remember me your fantastic in-flight butterflies of the last summer.And the style and the result are always the same,beautiful composition and impressive sharpness,focus,details and colors.Great work! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Privet Alexei,
Fantastic capture with excellent composition and timing. I don't remember if I ever saw a pic of this moth species where the wings are sharp. Brutally perfect shutter speed, a delightful action shot. Bravo. And of course we're waiting for more shots of the series.
Friendly regards, László

Ciao Alex. First class pic MF. Extremely diffult to take this one with so good detaisl and sharp. Great compo too.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-22 6:41]

Hello Alexei,
A very fine capture of a species that is not common in my region, the Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
The timing, focusing, sharpness and colours are excellent and the composition against the bokeh BG and with the thistle flower is great.
When I see this moth I usually do not have my camera with me!
Thanks for sharing this fine imgage,
Kind regards,

Well executed, extremely difficult shot Alexei! Bravo! Superb choice of aperture settings, fantastic brightness, contrast and detail .... no doubt one of the loveliest capture of the presented species recently!
George Veltchev

Hallo Alexei,
a very good macro shot of the Hummingbird Hawk-moth, perfect focusing with good sharpness, marvellous colours, nice composition.
Best regards

hello Alexei

excellent photo of this insect in flight and in work,
with beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-22 7:43]

Hi Alexei,
Perfect timing.!
Exposure, sharp detail and great colors. Great composition and POV.
Best wishes,

hello Alexei
very good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Alexei,
Splendid capture with excellent details and lovely clarity.
You managed the exposure very well. It is very difficult to catch a image with this insect
because this Hummingbird Hawk-moth is moving very fast.
Thanks for sharing!

A beautiful and timely snapshot Alexei, of a finely patterned hawkmoth feeding on a brilliantly coloured thistle flower. The moth's movements were perfectly frozen, the POV was excellent, the DOF was nicely managed to include both the moth and the flower and last but not least, the BG was rather good! TFS this wonderful image my friend.

Ciao Alexei, great capture of this fast moth on a beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-02-22 11:18]

Hi Alexei,
Perfect capture of flying night-butterfly.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Alexei,
This is very different with the activity of the butterfly. Excellent image! Personally I would have cropped the bottom part of the flower but still excellent as is.

Eres increible Alexei, y más o menos dominas todas las técnicas fotográficas
y escenas, tanto de lejos como de primeros planos y macro, además de aves en movimiento.
En esta ocasión creaste un pequeño mundo, con el planeta y su satélite !
Buen conjunto y espectacularidad de los colores y el conjunto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-02-22 13:47]

Privet Alexei,
Lately you take photos of insect in flight with very good result. Our eye isn't accustomed to such view and it's very attractive. I think it allow better to know live so small being.
Regards, Pawel

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-22 14:11]

Hello Alexei,
What a great composition with beautiful flower and in-flight Hummingbird hawk-moth.Excellent POV,composition and very nice colors.TFS.

Hi Alaxei,

AMAZING in-flight shot
Perfect composition with great sharpness, fine details, lovely colors and Great light

TFS Thijs

Impressive photo Alexei!! The composition, the colours, the lighting and the BG are excellent. The sharpness is perfect.

Hallo Alexei
A beautiful image, not only filled with lots of colour and sunshine, but also with sharp details and attraction to it. The composition and viewpoint is pleasant and the image as a whole is a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing a lovely macro. Best regards.

wonderful shot and composition Alexei!
TFS Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-23 3:15]

Hi Alex,
this one is so pretty in-flight capture. The moment is so well frozen and the sharpness is outstandingly clear. You have produced a lively shot of the moth and the attractiveness of the flower is splendidly retained.
What a wonderful view to enjoy.


Hi Alexei - splendid shot. colors are great and sharpness is awesome. I feel the flower is getting more attention that the object (moth). TFS

Hi Alexei, my dear friend
In this year, I have met less your great posts. As I remember from your previous messages, you are busy with your job. But I'd like to see more posts from your archive in master quality.
this is another great capture of flower and insect. everything great from sharp focus and coloration to POV/DOF and composition. blurry BG and especially blurry purple flower in rare is seen very beautiful.
thanks for sharing this beautiful close-up image.
friendly regards and have a good night

Hello aleixei,

what an beautiful image from this inflight shot with good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
It's very difficult to get this inflight shot but you did an exellent job.


Hello Alexei,

A perfect freeze of the hovering insect!
Good eye contact with the little fellow, that seems to be intensely focused on the task at hand...
A well framed situation, perfect details in the main subject!

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-25 5:31]

Hello Alexei,
You are right, it isn't an easy to catch this very fast Macroglossum stellatarum in flight. You succeeded to make a very pleasant composition with the pink flower like a globe on which the moth "tanks its fuel". Lovely color-combination too. May be we will see some more shots..
Kind regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-25 9:04]

Hola Alexei.
It is not an easy job to take such a great photo of this Moth. Very clear and sharp image, it has a great light and a beautiful colors to.
You are right My friend. Pretty much a like my last post.

Hello Alexei,
Amazing capture of this insect in flight. Colours are lovely and details are sharp. Great composition and POV, too. Well done!

Hello Alexei
I know that this butterfly is not so easy to photograph, especcialy to have a profile so sharp and so perfect. I see that you used a very high shuter speed to obtain such image. Is goo to know!
Alkl the best,

The lateral perspective shows this Hummingbird Moth in sharp focus again with the eye very clearly marked, Alexei. You make this most difficult operation look easy through this wonderful capture.
Thanks for sharing it and I am very pleased to admire it even though I had missed it earlier.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-27 7:57]

Hello Alex,
Wonderful photo of this moth taken in a perfect timing. Excellent sharpness, details and a very pleasing composition. Good DOF.

Great shot! The Colours, sharpness, all look perfect. Thanks for sharing.

One of your special skill is to be able to capture insect in flight my friend Alexei. I am always amazed with that and I find it hard to get one in frame. This one is of no exception and thanks for sharing this beauty.
Greetings from Malaysia,

I also dream of taking a good shot at this fast flying moth. You must be very happy to get this picture. This is fantastic picture. TFS,

Hello Alexei
Awesome timing I especially like the composition, beautiful. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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