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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-28 2:08
Viewed: 1316
Points: 20
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Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or sometimes the Hummingmoth, 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 shouldn't be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example 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.

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). It is a strong flier, dispersing widely and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer. However it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes (e.g. north of the Alps in Europe, north of the Caucasus in Russia).

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-07-28 2:31]

Hello Marius,
Excellent macro in superb sharpness and details. Splendid colors and a good DOF. Attractive composition.

hello Marius
une très belle qualité de rendu.
Bonnes couleurs, des détails intéressants et bonne gestion de la profondeur

Ciao Marius, great macro of very fast moth, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Marius
very good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photograph of this Fast flying Moth. Nice focus on its eye. Perfect BG too. Like your composition too.
Thanks for sharing,

Thanks for your comment on my last picture. Yes, new lens working well and getting good light and sharpness. But it's heavy! And I don't use tripod. Trying my best....(smile) and learning everyday.

Hi Marius,

It's a long time since I've seen this hummingbird hawk-moth for real
This one is excellent sharp, great BG and lovely colors

TFS Thijs

Great shot Marius.
have a nice day and thanks for showing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-29 2:03]

Hi Marius,a very very common specie in my country too but always difficult to take so well because very nervous and fast as you know.Your capture is perfect,the best DOF on the body for the best details and all the moving effect of its quick wings,well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Marius

One that I have not seen this year, aand one that I never seem able to capture. You have done an excellent job on this one. Colours, dof and focus are spot on.
TFS regards BiLL

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-08-27 12:53]

Hi Marius
Amazing catch of this interesting moth, not an easy target.
I have never seen this species.


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