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.

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39 responses

  1. These are amazing photographs Victor. I don’t see humming-bird hawk moths very often here, but I know the challenge is a high one when trying to photograph such industrious animals.

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    August 29, 2016 at 3:27 am

  2. One of my favorite insects. Very special.

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    August 29, 2016 at 5:31 am

  3. Great shots! I saw my first a couple years ago and had to look up what it was. A strange and interesting creature.

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    August 29, 2016 at 6:35 am

  4. These are busy little flyers and very difficult to photograph well. Your pictures are outstanding!

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    August 29, 2016 at 6:46 am

  5. These are fabulous!
    I tend to find these guys near late blooming flowers (duh!) especially jewelweed for some reason. This means near boggy/wet areas. Maybe that might help the hunt.

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    August 29, 2016 at 6:51 am

  6. All are nice…I’ve yet to make an image of one of these…but the second in mid-flight with the proboscis uncoiling is super. That the wings are not frozen does not bother andexpresses their constant movement.

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    August 29, 2016 at 7:33 am

  7. shungphotography

    Great shots of hummingbird moths. I enjoyed viewing them all.

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    August 29, 2016 at 7:43 am

  8. Thank you for capturing these photos!! I’ve seen this marvelous creature in my garden, but I’ve never been able to study it.

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    August 29, 2016 at 8:30 am

  9. Nicely done. These guys never sit still!

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    August 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

  10. Outstanding photos of this moth!

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    August 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

  11. stunning

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    August 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  12. Nice shots. I got to photograph one once and like you went back the next day but he was not to be found. Not the next day nor the many other days I looked.

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    August 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

  13. What an unusual photo of a seldom seen creature! Congratulations!

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    August 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

  14. Some great shots of this hard to capture moth, Victor. I esp. like the curled proboscis and the last where you can really see the clear wings.

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    August 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

  15. Truly wonderful captures 😀

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    August 29, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  16. Lovely photographs. I’ve seen these out my backyard but never had my camera with me at the time.

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    August 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

  17. Beautiful shots!

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    August 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  18. She’s beautiful… and fluffy 😉 Never seen a moth like that before. Really wonderful photographs!

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    August 31, 2016 at 5:14 am

  19. Simply magnificent!

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    September 6, 2016 at 6:22 am

  20. What wonderful illustrations of the reason for the term ‘clearwings’.

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    September 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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