Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Macroglossum stellatarum. I uploaded some images of this moth a few weeks ago but had no Idea what it was. So I did some research and found the Blighter. Now whilst I was honing my skills the butterfly’s seemed so slow in comparison to this amazing little beastie. I have literally taken thousands of images to come up with today’s upload, whilst most of you have been freezing to death I have been in my shorts sweating in the heat.. Some things have become obvious about this Hawk moth and that is they only arrive when the wind is blowing so that just made my life even harder to capture this super-fast moth. They seem to use the tail rather like a jet fighter to manipulate themselves from flower to flower. The wings generate so much force they can turn on a six pence. They are also totally devoid of direction so pre-empting the next move is totally impossible. I had some good laughs to myself as I was focusing on a Butterfly when one of these Moths came to the same flower as the butterfly had landed upon so I pressed my shutter, Guess what, he had left already. I really hope you enjoy this reportage as much as I am going to enjoy showing it to you all. I have looked all over the internet for images of this type but very few exist and that just makes my time even more worth it….Regards ..John.
It is with great gratitude that I thank Netta and Elana for UAs On yesterday’s upload, what a very special Honor, thank you.
Please forgive me for not commenting today but I have urgent Business, Sorry
|Camera:||Canon EOS 600D |
|Lens:||55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm) |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||26 Mar 2013 - 11:56 AM|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|