BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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HUMMINGBIRD MOTH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Hummingbird Moth - 1

This was only the third time I’ve come across a hummingbird moth. I had been looking around for birds and almost missed it. I followed the moth as it moved from flower to flower in no great hurry. This extraordinary looking insect feeds much like a hummingbird does by hovering in front of a flower and using its proboscis to feed on the nectar. All this happened within the first few minutes of entering the reserve. I came away thinking that if I saw nothing else on the trail that day it really wouldn’t matter.

Hummingbird Moth - 2

 

60 thoughts on “HUMMINGBIRD MOTH (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. beautiful image with so much clarity!

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  2. Excellent – this isn’t an easy scene to capture! They often visit our Phlox and when the light is good I have to fetch the camera. 🙂

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  3. Fabulous images … they are quite big and beautiful!

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  4. Truly lovely captures, Belinda.

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  5. You took wonderful advantage of what, in my experience, is a relatively-rare opportunity. Really beautiful work, Belinda.

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  6. Hummingbird moths are always fun to watch and photograph. Unfortunately it’s been several years since I found one that I was able to photograph:

    https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/flightless-and-no-doubt-doomed/

    I’ve never encountered your clearwing type, which provided you with an extra feature beyond the appealing hummingbirdness of these insects.

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  7. Your photography is outstanding. And beautiful.

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  8. Oh, so that’s what they are. I saw a couple over the course if summer in Maine and nobody could tell me what it was. I took pictures but they were not even a tenth as pretty as your photos. 😊

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  9. What a beautiful little critter! We have something called a ‘bumblebee fly’ detected by its extremely long legs, but I’ve never seen anything like this one. Where in the world is this taken?

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  10. Its wings look translucent like those of the Glass Wing Butterfly.

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  11. Excellent photos! I haven’t seen one in several years now.

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  12. What a great find. A miraculous encounter. In my experience, the most ubiquitous of Sphinx moths is the 5-Spotted Hawk Moth, the larva of which is called the Tomato Hornworm. The Hornworm devours tomato leaves by the bushel. Your Hummingbird moth is one of the few moth species that lose their wing scales, becoming mostly transparent.

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  13. Yikes – these are just fabulous photos!

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  14. Very sharp photos. It’s hard to get them to pause for a photo op.

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  15. Fabulous shots Belinda! Beautiful moth – love the details .

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  16. Those are really nice shots. 🙂

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  17. I saw these in Andalusia for the first time last week. Maybe due to global warming as I have never seen them before despite visiting this area for the last 30+ years.

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  18. Nice captures, Belinda! The ‘glass wings’ are amazing… how do they do that?

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  19. I have never seen a hummingbird moth, thanks for sharing your fantastic shots.

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  20. We have had quite a few Hummingbird Moths in our garden this year here in SW France. Our garden is a real magnet for insects and all flying creatures, butterflies and moths, I am sure it is because we don’t use any pesticides and this alone makes me happy

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  21. Caught the moment beautifully belinda.Fantastic series of images.

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  22. Excellent! Thanks for visiting my blog, now I can check out yours! I haven’t seen a hummingbird (sphynx) moth in a long time. Great shots!

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  23. Fantastic photos Belinda! You caught the action perfectly, especially as they can be tricky to photo.

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  24. Everything looks so delicate and dainty. The flowers are a perfect complement to the composition.

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  25. Great shots Belinda! There are several species of hummingbird moth. You’ve got the clear wing variety which is distinguished by its red coloring. I just love these little guys!

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  26. So glad you got to have another encounter with one of these cool creatures! I saw one the other day too, but didn’t get clear shots, so I will just enjoy yours!

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  27. I love these moths. They are so amazing.

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  28. Great shots and its nice when you come across something different.

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