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Is it a bird? Is it..?

By clo99
This is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, a summer visitor to the UK, seen here on a red Valerian flower (one of its favourite sources of nectar).

I first noticed this moth – high excitement - in the front garden last week but of course, by the time I returned with the camera the moth had vanished. I kept my eyes open and the next day – same time, same place – there it was again and I managed to get this shot (I have since read that these moths are creatures of habit, and it is not uncommon for them to keep returning to the same flowers, at the same time of day).

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticisms welcomed…

1/2000s at f5.6

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: RockArea, Rosie_cheeks, KarenFB and 27 more

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7 Jun 2009 10:53AM
amaizing Smile

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KarenFB Plus
11 4.8k 171 England
7 Jun 2009 10:55AM
A gorgeous image! Whereabouts did you catch this? I haven't seen a HHM for a couple of years now, hopefully this year they'll come back.
7 Jun 2009 11:01AM
Cracking capture, well done.
clo99 10 England
7 Jun 2009 11:06AM
This one was in our garden in Cornwall; I believe they typically migrate across from the continent into the south of England, but this is the only area I have seen them in.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
7 Jun 2009 11:12AM
A fantastic capture, very well spotted. Carol
mattberry 13 259 14 England
7 Jun 2009 11:17AM
Well captured. Butterfly Conservation are looking for people to record sightings of these, it would help if you went to their website and added yours to the database...


7 Jun 2009 11:21AM
great shot its so fast as well. kaz
cjl47 9 4 3 England
7 Jun 2009 11:23AM
A good capture, nice shot.
jocneilson 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 11:38AM
BINGO. Very nice. click yours.JOC..
7 Jun 2009 1:33PM
Great image.
Chrism8 10 858 17 England
7 Jun 2009 3:27PM
Well caught, he did give you plenty of opportunity thou Smile Only kidding !

7 Jun 2009 4:46PM
Great capture,
Portknockie 12 48 Scotland
20 Jun 2009 4:30PM
I'v never seen one..Sad superb detail and a great shot..

lawbert 10 1.8k 15 England
23 Jun 2009 3:46PM
This is truly a fantastic capture, The 1/2000 sec you used at 5.6 was chosen wisely, you have captured the moth very sharply showing enough wing blur to make it an action/nature capture.
Congratulations and Thanks for sharing it here.

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