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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-22
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-24 14:45
Viewed: 780
Points: 12
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Elephant Hawkmoth
Mittlerer Weinschwärmer
La sfinge della vite
Grand sphinx de la vigne
Бражник винный

Deilephila elpenor (Linnaeus, 1758)

An unexpected but very welcome visitor to the little garden in front of our home, this pretty hawkmoth was resting there in the morning, and staying there for the whole day, waiting for the night to return in order to take off and start hovering in front of flowers open at nighttime, again.

Deilephila elpenor is quite common in central Europe and distributed throughout the palearctic region. It is nocturnal and therefore feeding on flowers that open or produce nectar at nighttime. It is living in a variety of habitats, including grassland, heathland, sand dunes, hedgerows, woodland, urban gardens. Playing an important role in pollination throughout their habitats.

Wing span: approximately 60mm.

The Elephant Hawkmoth's common name in English is derived from the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. Caterpillars are feeding on a variety of plants such as rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), bedstraws (Galium sp.). Moths are also frequently attracted to gardens, laying their eggs on fuchsias, dahlias, lavender.

Flight time: June to September.


Thank you, and have a nice day.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-06-24 14:51]

Hi Peter,magnificent capture of one of the most beautiful moth living in our countries,the location on a lilium flower too is a winner for a beautiful composition,great exposure and sharpness too,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, gteat macro of lovely moth on fantastic flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-06-25 8:34]

Beside the detailed NOTE, a beautiful catch. Superb.

Wonderful clarity,color and composition shows off both the moth and the flower exceptionally clearly.

Hi Peter,
Very nice macro, gorgeous details on the moth - and on the flower, too. Beautiful composition and PoV. Extra thanks for the informative note also, congratulations for this post, well done!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2019-06-02 5:20]
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Leider habe ich dieses schöne Bild verpasst, es ist ja schon fast ein Jahr her. Wunderbar wie sich dieser Weinschwärmer auf einer farblich angepassten Blume (Tulpe?) aufhält. Die Tarnung wat damit gegeben.
Hoffe, alles gut bei euch.
Herzliche Grüsse nach Wien

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