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Macroglossum stellatarum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Macroglossum stellatarum (NL: Kolibrievlinder, Meekrapvlinder, Onrustvlinder / EN: Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Hummingmoth / DE: Taubenschwänzchen, Taubenschwanz, Karpfenschwanz, Kolibrischwärmer / FR: Moro sphinx, Sphinx colibri, Sphinx du caille-lait) is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It shouldn't be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. The forewings are brown, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a fan-tail of setae at the end. The wingspan is 40–45 millimetres

Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Great shot, these guys move so fast you have to be quick, and you were!

8 Sep 2012 8:08am

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful colors & lights!!!!

8 Sep 2012 8:29am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'apprécie le mouvement des ailes

8 Sep 2012 8:33am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

bravo ! belle netteté et précision..

8 Sep 2012 9:35am

Cris from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Spectacular! ...the colour of the flower give special touch to the photo!

8 Sep 2012 3:17pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

i like everything in this shot
nice pic
have a nice day

8 Sep 2012 7:06pm

LauraS from Chico, United States


8 Sep 2012 8:18pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Shots like this are always eye-catching but this is exceptional - Congratulations on the Spotlight !

9 Sep 2012 5:13pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning capture and excellent sharpness !!!
Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

9 Sep 2012 5:22pm

Brat | RCA from Xiamen City, China

well deserved spotlight...congrats!

9 Sep 2012 5:26pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Congratulations Johan

9 Sep 2012 5:39pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

9 Sep 2012 8:01pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


9 Sep 2012 9:09pm

Shailaja from Pune, India


10 Sep 2012 2:27am

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

Nice composition...

11 Sep 2012 7:12am

yvan from Slovenia

What a great shot, congratulations!

11 Sep 2012 4:49pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Not an easy shot. Very well done! Superb sharpness for this Macroglossum stellatarum ("esfinge colibrí" in spanish) ;-) The information is really interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing

11 Sep 2012 8:34pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm