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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: 2018-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-06-15 8:10
Viewed: 345
Points: 14
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HUMMINGBIRD HAWK - MOTH (Macroglossum stellatarum)

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).

The wing action is frozen in this photo by using electronic flash. This picture was shot in Hanko, Finland, latitude 60°N, on August 19, 2006, thus far north of the typical residential distribution
As an adult, the forewings are brown, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a fan-tail of setae at the end. The wingspan is 40–45 millimetres (1.6–1.8 in).

In the southern parts of its range, the hummingbird hawk-moth is highly active even when temperatures are high, and thoracic temperatures above 45 °C (113 °F) have been measured.[2] This is among the highest recorded for hawk-moths, and near the limit for insect muscle activity.

Its long proboscis and its hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.

Hummingbird hawk-moths can be easily seen in gardens, parks, meadows, bushes, and woodland edge, where the preferred food plants grow.

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What a razor sharp capture of the Hummingbird Moth hovering over a flower, Marius! Must have used perfect camera settings for it.
The sky makes a flawless background to the image.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-06-15 8:36]

Waaw Marius,very difficult species to take,the most nervous,but not for you as i can see. Wonderful prospect and very impressive details too despite the very fast mouvement,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-06-15 19:55]

So close and beautiful catch
It is mouth watering and never seen such exciting shot
A good note helpful

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-06-16 11:36]

Hello Marius,
Impressive photo of this moth. Fantastic in all aspects. Great composition too.

Hello Marius,
Perfect shot. Not an easy shot. You got very good details and exposure here. Like composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Hello Marius,
Impressive shot of this moth. Fantastic details.

Fantastic details and sharpness.
Good catch.


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