Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) in action

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These are difficult insects to photograph. They feed on flowers at an enormous speed and they hover all the time. In my language we also call them " Unrest".

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Very nice.
I have shot some hummingbird moths, and yes, they are very difficult to capture. They only feed for a couple of seconds, then they are gone.
 
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Amazing sharpnes on the eys in #2 and nice bokeh on both. Must have been difficult to catch.
 
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these are nice efforts here. I was just reading about these the other day somewhere.
 
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Amazing sharpnes on the eys in #2 and nice bokeh on both. Must have been difficult to catch.

Well, I'll tell you my strategy. These pics were made in my holliday home in Southern France. I noticed that this butterfly returned to the same group of flowers about 2 times every hour. So I sat on a strategic position and waited for about 40 minutes. Then the moth returned and I started shooting.

Very nice Jan. We have the clearwing hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe) here, but I don't think we have this species.

It is a European species. Very common in the Mediterranean area. But when we have hot summers they also travel north. I sometimes see them in my garden in Belgium.
 

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