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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1, Skylight
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 11:38
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 22
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Hummingbird hawk moth
Macroglossum stellatarum

The hummingbird hawk moth is hairy with a dark, white-spotted abdomen, mousey-grey forewings and golden-orange hindwings.

It is so named as it can be easily mistaken for a hummingbird as it hovers, probing flowers for nectar with its long proboscis. In fact, it is smaller than any hummingbird.

The wings beat so fast they make an audible hum. They fly during the day and can be seen throughout lowland Britain in the summer. Hummingbird hawk moths cannot survive the British winter, so migrate to and from southern Europe in autumn and spring.

The caterpillars, about 50 mm long, are colourful. They have a green or reddish-brown body with white dots, white, dark and yellow horizontal stripes and a blue, yellow-tipped horn.
Taken from the RSPB website.
Neat Image used.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To snaphappy: Thanks Sue....pompey 2 08-27 18:36
To wallhalla15: Thanks Heinz...pompey 1 08-27 13:06
To sAner: Thanks Pieter...pompey 1 08-27 11:58
To Hil: Thanks Hilary...pompey 1 08-27 11:54
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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-27 11:46]
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Hi Micheal

Great shot, superb POV and nice sharp detail, I like the way his wings are blurry giving the impression of the moth hovering. The colours are great too.

Regards Hilary :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-27 11:47]
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Hi Michael,

It's good to be able to critique a photo from you again as I haven't seen many posts from your hand (have been absent for a while myself).

This is a great shot! The colors are amazing and the hawk moth is very sharply focussed. Excellent picture. Well composed too. Well done & TFS!


Excellent macro Michael. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. This is an excellent composition. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Great action shot even a fast shutter speed did not stop his wings. Love these flowers too they really attract the insects. What does neat image do exactly and what settings do you recomend?

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-27 13:11]

Wow, those wings are really beating fast if a 1/4000 won't stop them! Nice capture, Michael. I like the details and compostion a lot.

Hi Michael

Perfect in-flight shot. Love the composition. Pretty colours and nicely presented. :-)

Hi Michael - aha - I see your Tamron works ...
And you had a good hand while making this wonderful shot - congrats to your new lens and this excellent shot. I love it so much, this moth is so interesting and beautiful. Also the colours - this violet is phantastic.
I also had such a moth here a week ago, it's amazing to see them staying in the air while drinking with their long tongue.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellente netteté pour cet insecte en vol ...si rapide! La lumière, les couleurs et la composition sont en plus très réussies. Bravo, Michael!

I have to say that this is a beautiful capture full of colour and really well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 9:41]

Una bonita macro en vuelo con bellos detalles y muy buen POV y DOF.
Los colores son agradables y la nitidez buena, con adecuado encuadre.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful macro in flight with pretty details and very good POV and DOF.
The colors are pleasant and the clarity good, with appropriate framing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Michael,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good notes. I'm not overly keen on the frame, but that's just a minor nit.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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