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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-400, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 4:38
Viewed: 3746
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth which I also photographed while in France. I was very lucky because there were several of these moths hovering around these red flowers and they allowed me to get quite close too.

I hope you like this one!

Hummingbird Hawk-moth - Macroglossum stellatarum

Wingspan 40-50 mm.

An immigrant species which sometimes occurs in large numbers. A large influx occurred in the summer of 2000, when moths were observed in parks and gardens all over Britain. The species is again quite common in 2006.

It flies in the sunshine and hovers in front of flowers, sipping the nectar with its long proboscis, very much like the hummingbird which gives it its name.

The larvae feed on bedstraw (Galium), and some of these may hatch and give rise to autumn adults in an influx year.

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What an amazing shot. Truely beautiful. brilliantly sharp and I soooo love the reds. It stands out and grabs you and the moth is so interesting. A beautiful shot, thanks for sharing it.


hello joe,
i am sure that the vacation has helped your growth as a photographer, the last two image sposted are very good, i liked the pov, the sharpness, the colors and the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Joe,
Or...hello again:-)
Very good come back with this moth in this reddish environment.
It's really beautiful and I do like the composition.
Good weekend and thanks

Hi Joe,
Excellent capture of this Hummingbird Hawk Moth, vivid colours,
good composition and the focus is where it should be,
well done,
regards & TFS!

Totally cool Joey. I swear I wake up in some parallel universe where unique and unusual creatures appear every day. This one looks in colour as though he could be a poster at a "rave"...those folks are so much into these types of lightnings and colours...sort of like my generation was into psychadelic images...and black lights..a great use of colour and tonal qualities but what less to expect from the young genius!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-22 10:07]

Hi joe i have only ever seen one in the garden about 3 years ago and then only once it had been hot for days. This is a good close up with fine detail and colours.I like the blur to the wings which give a look of movement. well done tFS.

Have a good weekend and at stockers saturday.

Hi Joe, An another excellent macro of a hawk with great details.
Greetings from TRNC OwlMan,

Hi Joe,
A nice capture of this hummingbird hawk moth in flight. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-08-22 12:15]

Hi Joe

I love these, I wish I had them in my garden. The red BG is amazing and I love the DOF with the flowers going from sharp to OOF. Wonderful details on the body. I love it



Hi Joe,
Very good macro work as usual with this beautiful moth in action. Good POV and composition, sharp details, blurred wings show fast movement.
PS See you tomorrow

Hi Joe!
Nice and difficult to photograph insect species! I like vivid, and perfectly saturated colours (even if the photo is a little to red as for me :>). Very good timing too :)
Best regards from Lodz,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-23 10:15]

Hello Joe, I think it is used to play golf. Straight into the flower. Excellent closeup shot. Superb and brilliant focus. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-28 0:46]

Hello Joe,
Browsing back in your gallery I must admire this stunningly bright red capture. It looks like the Hawkmoth fancies Geraniums - and the colours are magnificent! Brilliant timing and focus on the Hawkmoth and very sharp details.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-02 4:07]

Hi Joe,
This is beautiful! Very well done my young friend

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