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Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth
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Copyright: Jose Vladimir (MacroMundo) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 64] (1628)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/501 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-05 12:14
Viewed: 3627
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Diurnal. In behaviour, this moth is exceptional amongst European Sphingidae: whilst preferring to fly in bright sunlight, it will also take wing at dawn, at dusk or at night; in rain, or on cool, dull days. Very hot weather tends to induce a state of torpidity in many, with activity then confined to the relative cool of the morning and late afternoon. Herrera (1992) found maximum activity occurring between 18.00 and 20.00 hours in southern Spain. Whatever the flight-time, this species is very strongly attracted to flowers yielding plentiful supplies of nectar, such as Jasminum, Buddleja, Nicotiana, Tulipa, Primula, Viola, Syringa, Verbena, Echium, Phlox and Stachys, hovering in front of and repeatedly probing each bloom before darting rapidly to the next. A great wanderer, being present right across Europe from the alpine tree-line to city centres, wherever nectar flowers may be found. Its powers of flight are amazing, and have been studied in detail by Heinig (1987). Apparently, this species also has a fine memory, as individuals return to the same flower-beds every day at about the same time (Pittaway, 1993). (See also Heinig (1981a, 1984).)

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  • Great 
  • Eugene (264)
  • [2006-03-05 12:53]

I like the movement in the picture. It gives something special to it. Well done.

Super macro in flight action, Jose!. POV, details, colors, composition, sharpness, framing all top-notch.. TFS. Congratulations...

Hi Jose,
Great shot, well done.

HI Jose,
Great captured action. The movement of the wings makes the picturte complete. Very fresh colours and a good composition. Well done. Thx and regards, Ruud

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-05 17:05]

José, apesar da falta de tempo, tenho acompanhado suas fotos, que estão excelentes. Parabéns.

Esta é mais uma: perfeita, a meu ver: está nítida onde deve estar (cabeça/olhos) e tem a sensação de movimento nas asas.

Além disso, excelentes cores e ângulo. Belo uso do flash.

Uma grande foto com vívidas cores e grande contraste.


  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-06 3:02]

Great shot Jose!
Very dificult to take!
Wonderful POV with the blue sky!
Good on details!
Very good BG!

  • Great 
  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-06 11:37]

Privet Jose.
Very interestingly. I know, how it is difficult to remove hurriedly. Excellent color scale.
Good photo!

  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-09 13:54]

Hi Jose.
Super flight action macro.Wonderful POV with the blue sky.
Well done.

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