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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!

Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di Model (B01) Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jul 2013 - 9:23 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Masked Bandit
Username:taggart taggart
Uploaded:18 Jul 2013 - 12:59 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Insects, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Voters:Tish1 · Irishkate · goso · nonur · RonnieAG · Daisymaye · Hermanus · pascalg · Ade_Osman · CarolG · ColleenA · jovanovic · Mavis · User_Removed · LynneJoyce · turniptowers · fentiger · andylea · barbarahirst · Badgerfred · johnlw · SlowSong · leontari · CaroleS · woolybill1 · Lillian · Stace · NaturesHaven · canonfan · mrswoolybill · boov · Maiwand · jaktis · Arty · morpheus1955 · FeatherFriend · NDODS · pentony · richmowil · akh · Joline · mex · WhiteRose1 · mikbee · soulofharmony · psu68 · saltireblue · graceland · Fefe · cjl47 · Niknut · AnnChown · georgiepoolie · gajewski · marktc · Eastlands · Philip_H · MalcolmM · dave1967 · pollisher · myrab · Big_Beavis · GeorgePlatis · pluckyfilly · buxton · jasonrwl · craggwildlifephotography · Alan_Baseley · pamelajean · annettep38 · Holmewood · johnriley1uk · ValeryAst · ChiliMan · Nigeve1 · TyChee · Chinga · GillyB · Glostopcat · feefeepootle · Valerie1 ·
Unique Views:97
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Tish1 Plus Member 2Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:10 AM

Love V3, V1 &2 are equally very special.


Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom84 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:12 AM

Oh my goodness what an amazing looking moth!
I should think these images will be the envy of many insect lovers!

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:44 AM

Wow! Super colours excellent captures.

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 2:12 AM

You have done exceptionally well with an insect that won't sit still, Jenn: and what a pretty moth it is.

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 3:48 AM

Great captures Jenn. But isn't he a strange little thing. Lovely colours on him......Sandy

Last Modified By Daisymaye at 18 Jul 2013 - 3:48 AM
Hermanus  3 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 - 4:30 AM

Absolutely excellent captures Jenn !! Amazing images here Smile

Ade_Osman Plus Member 124521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:18 AM

Lovely and not one I've ever seen before so a big thumbs up from me Jenn....


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:25 AM

Three fantastic captures, Jenn. Carol

ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:48 AM

3 superb images...wow...I have tried to capture them as well as they move so fast...excellent imagesGrinGrin

Mavis Plus Member 13143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 6:32 AM

What a capture Jennnnnn. Only looked at the first one so far & it is very impressive xx

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:01 AM

Three fabulous images of this pretty creature.

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:08 AM

A fine set of images of this unusual insect. The vote goes to No. 3.


andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:11 AM

three wonderful captures jenn fantastic detail brilliant colours and light v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink

Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
18 Jul 2013 - 7:28 AM

Excellent captures Jenn, great detail in all,

johnlw  8 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:55 AM

Love v1 but three super captures.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

SlowSong Plus Member 65218 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:58 AM

How lovely. Excellent captures and such a beauty of a moth.

leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
18 Jul 2013 - 8:14 AM

Three beautiful images superbly captured.

CaroleS Plus Member 5255 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:19 AM

Super images, really shows off its markings - well done!

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:47 AM

Stunning colours here Jennn
and so beautifully captured
what a set!

canonfan Plus Member 5canonfan vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 8:56 AM

A superb and colourful set of images Jenn

boov Plus Member 2boov vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 9:17 AM


jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
18 Jul 2013 - 10:10 AM

WHat a beautiful moth


Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:12 AM

Wonderful looking creature Jennn. Some really great shots.GrinGrinGrin

18 Jul 2013 - 10:37 AM

Superb set of macro images, fabulous colours and detail


NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:40 AM

Breathtaking clarity and quality Jenn

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

richmowil Plus Member 6307 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:49 AM

Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

Joline Plus Member 9Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 11:26 AM

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 Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:19 PM

Yes,a new one for me too Jenn.
Interesting shots.

18 Jul 2013 - 1:48 PM

Really beautiful Jenn

Nikki !! x

graceland  102524 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 3:50 PM

wow very nice close up

Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:03 PM

Great colours! Lovely capturesGrin

Niknut Plus Member 51011 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:44 PM

Impressive stuff !!

18 Jul 2013 - 4:51 PM

All beautiful images.

gajewski Plus Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:58 PM

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 Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:09 PM

Superb Jenn, what a fabulous creature. I have never seen one of these before and your wonderful images are a real treat.

Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 5:53 PM

Beautiful looking moth, Jenn.


MalcolmM Plus Member 9237 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:57 PM

Superb !

GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:08 PM

Beautiful work in this set of excellent captures !

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:10 PM

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 Member 5746 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:44 PM

These are excellent Jenn - they are sooo difficult to capture. Nigeve1 has been capturing some too.

Last Modified By jasonrwl at 18 Jul 2013 - 8:44 PM
annettep38 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 11:19 PM

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.

Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 11:35 PM

Fantastic set. Cathy

ValeryAst  3 Russian Federation
19 Jul 2013 - 9:20 AM

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 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 - 4:46 AM

Breathtaking insect!
How beautiful... Never seen one myself, thank you for sharing. IB

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 5:04 PM

A stunning image of this hummingbird hawkmoth, you've timed this one to perfection and captured some glorious bright colours

Valerie1  768 forum posts Northern Ireland
1 Aug 2013 - 11:11 AM

Well done capturing such a speedy insect. Lovely colours.

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