The Masked Bandit

By taggart  
The Masked Bandit
aka Hummingbird Moth

Hemaris thysbe 1 1/2 -2 inches in size.
The speedy moth can be seen by a close observer these days-- sipping on the bee balm.

I was very excited to capture these images and decided to post them as a trio. I will try again as I would like to perfect this means of capturing insects who NEVER sit still!

I am sorry to have missed your images today; my excuse--a medical appointment in the near by city. And I do appreciate your attention to the Nile Crane--Thank you!

Special thanks are due to Joline and Edmund for UA's for the Spicebush butterfly!

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Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 1:10AM
Love V3, V1 &2 are equally very special.


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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 1:12AM
Oh my goodness what an amazing looking moth!
I should think these images will be the envy of many insect lovers!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
18 Jul 2013 1:44AM
Wow! Super colours excellent captures.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 2:12AM
You have done exceptionally well with an insect that won't sit still, Jenn: and what a pretty moth it is.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Jul 2013 3:48AM
Great captures Jenn. But isn't he a strange little thing. Lovely colours on him......Sandy
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 4:30AM
Absolutely excellent captures Jenn !! Amazing images here Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
18 Jul 2013 5:18AM
Lovely and not one I've ever seen before so a big thumbs up from me Jenn....

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Jul 2013 5:25AM
Three fantastic captures, Jenn. Carol
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
18 Jul 2013 5:48AM
3 superb have tried to capture them as well as they move so fast...excellent imagesGrinGrin
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
18 Jul 2013 6:32AM
What a capture Jennnnnn. Only looked at the first one so far & it is very impressive xx
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 7:01AM
Three fabulous images of this pretty creature.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
18 Jul 2013 7:08AM
A fine set of images of this unusual insect. The vote goes to No. 3.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 7:11AM
three wonderful captures jenn fantastic detail brilliant colours and light v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
18 Jul 2013 7:28AM
Excellent captures Jenn, great detail in all,
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 7:55AM
Love v1 but three super captures.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
18 Jul 2013 7:58AM
How lovely. Excellent captures and such a beauty of a moth.
18 Jul 2013 8:14AM
Three beautiful images superbly captured.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:19AM
Super images, really shows off its markings - well done!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:47AM
Stunning colours here Jennn
and so beautifully captured
what a set!
18 Jul 2013 8:56AM
A superb and colourful set of images Jenn
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:17AM
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
18 Jul 2013 10:10AM
WHat a beautiful moth

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Jul 2013 10:12AM
Wonderful looking creature Jennn. Some really great shots.GrinGrinGrin
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 10:37AM
Superb set of macro images, fabulous colours and detail

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 10:40AM
Breathtaking clarity and quality Jenn

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
18 Jul 2013 10:49AM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
18 Jul 2013 11:26AM
A prize catch! I always enjoy seeing these fantastic little creatures. I never seem to have my camera at hand when I do, though.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 1:19PM
Yes,a new one for me too Jenn.
Interesting shots.
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
18 Jul 2013 1:48PM
Really beautiful Jenn

Nikki !! x
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 3:50PM
wow very nice close up
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 4:03PM
Great colours! Lovely capturesGrin
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 4:44PM
Impressive stuff !!
18 Jul 2013 4:51PM
All beautiful images.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
18 Jul 2013 4:58PM
Three fantastic images. Wow -- that 1/2500 sec. shutter speed really gave you a crisp image of those fast moving critters.
I really like the POV of V3. It makes it look like you are flying in behind your subject -- racing him to the flower. Smile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 5:09PM
Superb Jenn, what a fabulous creature. I have never seen one of these before and your wonderful images are a real treat.
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 5:53PM
Beautiful looking moth, Jenn.

MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 5:57PM
Superb !
18 Jul 2013 8:08PM
Beautiful work in this set of excellent captures !
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:10PM
Not seen one as close up as this before Jenn, love the detail, something we are not aware of in the ordinary humming bird shot, well done
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:44PM
These are excellent Jenn - they are sooo difficult to capture. Nigeve1 has been capturing some too.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Jul 2013 11:19PM
you have done very well, each time I think I got the perfect method for these lightning fast beauties they find a way to trick me next time!
so far the 400mm method seems to work best.
18 Jul 2013 11:35PM
Fantastic set. Cathy
19 Jul 2013 9:20AM
Whenever I am looking at these butterflies I think of hummingbirds! And I'm very sorry that hummingbirds do not fly here ... And what about you, Jenn, are there these wonderful birds where do you live?
Amazing macro!Smile
Regards Valery
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 4:46AM
Breathtaking insect!
How beautiful... Never seen one myself, thank you for sharing. IB
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2013 5:04PM
A stunning image of this hummingbird hawkmoth, you've timed this one to perfection and captured some glorious bright colours
Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
1 Aug 2013 11:11AM
Well done capturing such a speedy insect. Lovely colours.

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