Hummingbird Moth (Four Photographs)
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These are known as clearwing or hummingbird moths in Canada and the US and beehawk moths in the U.K. This is not the first time I have come across these moths, I have photographed them in a flower nursery and I have seen them briefly too briefly to photograph, in the field. This time it was different and given my excitement I did not pay attention to the shutter speed. 1/800th of a second did not freeze their wings in place. That said I spent some time taking shots. They had no intention of staying on one flower, let alone a plant for long. It was a trial, made difficult by high heat and humidity. Over the next several days I went back in search of these moths but no luck to date. Standing back and looking at them I was struck by their industry and complete confidence. Bees, people, butterflies and birds did not bother them and they just kept on with their task.