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Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth

Observed: 24th September 2013 By: chrisbrooks
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Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth
Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth
Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth

Perhaps the ultimate photographic challenge, to freeze the wings of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. I don't know at what rate they beat but its very fast and at 1/3200th of a second I nearly achieved it. Unfortunately this one was 12 feet up at the top of a large Buddleia bush which made things very difficult.

Species interactions

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Species with which Humming-Bird Hawk-Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) interacts


Simon Walker's picture

You Lucky Devil!

I've only ever seen one, and that was before I took up photography.
Super pictures, Chris, you can be proud of them. Who'd have thought you'd have to go faster than 1/3200 second? If I ever see one again, I shall bear that in mind.
By the way, have you any thoughts about the - whatever it is - on the Dark Bush Cricket I posted? My suspicion is that it's a parasitic fungus, but I wouldn't put money on it. Not mine, anyway ;-)



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Thanks Simon, it's the first one I have ever seen and in my front garden made it even better. The wife saw it and thought it was some strange bee.

Regarding that growth, I did look at it for some time. It almost looks like a tumour with its irregular form. I'm perplexed though.

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I have only ever seen one in the garden and could not get a photo,very well captured


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Thanks Sheila, it was a first for me so it rounded off a good day very nicely.

nightfly's picture

Super images Chris, Ive never

Super images Chris, Ive never seen one. Youve captured it incredibly well.


Amadan's picture


I'm sure the above comments are praise enough, but I wanted to add my two-penn'orth. Great shots!