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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-06 22:47
Viewed: 1010
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Sphingidae are a family of moths (Lepidoptera), commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths, and hornworms; it includes about 1,450 species. It is best represented in the tropics, but species are found in every region. They are moderate to large in size and are distinguished among moths for their rapid, sustained flying ability. Their narrow wings and streamlined abdomens are adaptations for rapid flight.

Some hawk moths, such as the hummingbird hawk moth or the white-lined sphinx, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers, so are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. This hovering capability is only known to have evolved four times in nectar feeders: in hummingbirds, certain bats, hoverflies, and these sphingids, (an example of convergent evolution). Sphingids have been much studied for their flying ability, especially their ability to move rapidly from side to side while hovering, called 'swing-hovering' or 'side-slipping'. This is thought to have evolved to deal with ambush predators that lie in wait in flowers.

Sphingids are some of the faster flying insects; some are capable of flying at over 5.3 m/s (12 miles per hour). They have wingspans from 4 to over 10 cm.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-07 6:20]

Hello Ram,
What a lovely Hummingbird Hawk Moth you have photographed. I really like this POV displaying the beautiful yellow markings that otherwise may not be as visible. Focus is sharp and colors are rich yet natural. An attractive off center composition and you obtained very good DOF.
I love to see these unique little moths from other countries, they are always a bit different from the ones we have here in Ohio.

Difficult shoot Ram.....This moth is always a challenge for any photographer because its is flying with such high speed...Excellent focus and clarity of the body.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-07 7:20]

Hello Ram,
Fantastic action macro of this Hawk Moth. Amazing timing. Superb sharpness, details and DOF. Outstanding composition in splendid colours. A topper!

Ciao Ram, great capture of very fast moth on beautiful flower, fine details, fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram
it's so difficult to capture correctly hummingbirds, but this one is perfect
excellent sharpness and fantastic colors
Have a good night

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