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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting      ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson


( Macroglossum Stellatarum :~  The spectacular Hummingbird Hawk-moth in mid flight resembles a bird. It looks uncannily like a tiny nectar feeding bird, hence its name. )
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:iconutkudakid:
Utkudakid Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Cutest lepidopterans eveer!
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Coincidentally, I've spent a couple of hours today trying to improve on this capture...  I failed - they are so tricky to focus and get a pleasing composition  Confused 
  
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Utkudakid Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
They like maneuver so much right?
And they change flowers a lot because they only drink a bit nectar.Where i live there are flower pots attached to street lights so they gather around to get nectar,which makes getting pictures easier =p
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
The ones I see in France and Spain (they are rarely seen in the UK and then only in the south) in June, fly randomly and prove almost impossible to capture as they flit from flower to flower. The longest pause is only two or three seconds. After several attempts on our travels I'm getting better at predicting and following their flight but I still get poor composition or focus in most shots and worse, just a picture of a flower with no moth at all in many        Support the sadness   

Then you get the one that's nearly perfect   :happybounce:     I just have to keep trying to achieve the perfect image...     :nod: or :yes:
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:iconrdizzy:
RDizzy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Moths that mimic hummingbirds are my new favorite thing
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
They are incredible insects and fascinating to watch!   :fly: :flowerdread: 
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Amigo-Rosenstein Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
EIN excellenter Shot , schön das Tier so groß zu sehen, und den Namen zu erfahren.
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you enjoyed it    :thumbsup:
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Grey-Terminal Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cutest insects in the world^^
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting behaviour, furry and a delightful face - I'm sure you are right  :fly: flying emote 
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Grey-Terminal Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yees^^Moth 
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:iconlilfixit:
lilfixit Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw one of these once! They are so cool!
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
They are common in the warmer parts of Europe    :)
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:iconlilfixit:
lilfixit Featured By Owner Edited May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
We might have a different kind, but the one I saw was in Indiana. I doubt they fly across the Atlantic, so I hope it's not some invasive species or something that I saw.

Edit: Hemaris thysbe is the one I saw.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't realise they were in North America as well. We get the reverse - people in Europe think they are genuine humming birds which of course we don't get!    
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lilfixit Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hummingbirds are simply gorgeous little things. They are pretty sassy too because they're territorial, so they're always picking on each other.
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Our robins are like that     :iconenglishrobinplz:
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:iconwiwaldi24:
wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You think so...   :lol:
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:iconwiwaldi24:
wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
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Valia2305 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Just like a hummingbird! :D
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:iconutkudakid:
Utkudakid Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
wait wha?
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very much so - even to the point where European newspaper reports have wrongly told readers humming birds have been spotted here.  
However, they are the humming bird moths copying the Western Hemisphere bird's hovering behaviour    Dragon fly emote  
  
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:iconvidamasu:
Vidamasu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Awesome! You took a wonderful photo of that rare insect! Wow! Wow! 
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
We are lucky to go to a couple of places in France and Spain where late hot June weather almost guarantees seeing them   :icanfly 
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Vidamasu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowww!! I've always wanted to see that insect. It's one of the rarest insects I know but I've never seen physically! Nod 
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
They are amazing creatures. They hover just like the humming birds they are named after but flit around every couple of seconds which makes them very difficult to focus on. Being smaller doesn't help either. The birds tend to stay in the same place for longer at least  Oops! 
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Vidamasu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right! It's easy to take photos to birds (alhought I don't have a good camera for doing that, by this reason I've only taken photos to insects )Sweating a little... Sweating a little... 
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Insects may not be so pretty but dispute often having an 'alien' appearance they are always so interesting in my opinion  :)
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:iconvidamasu:
Vidamasu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well! I didn't like insects, but actually They're great animals for me, specially beetles Crazy beetle.  n_n  
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my best memories on a South African safari was the guide stopping the Land Rover to show us a dung beetle rolling her ball of dung along the track!  Demolish .:updated:.   Better than the lions and antelopes   :)
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MyFotoYourPrint Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW...so that's actually a moth, right?

Perfect shot, by the way.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. It's a humming bird hawk moth. The connection to a humming bird is obvious when you see it hover in front of a flowerDragon fly emote 
  
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MyFotoYourPrint Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is.
Nice capture!
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ButterflyJan16 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I just learned about these on Facebook. They do resemble hummingbirds when feeding. I like them.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
People in Europe apparently really think they've seen a hummingbird but we only have the moth equivalent here   :fly: Lily - Bullet [Right] - F2U! 
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asherthecrimsonfox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i sometimes get these in my yard, i hope they come back this summer <3 they're so cool.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, you are so lucky. I get one or two opportunities only, driving through France and Spain, each year  Wonderweiss 
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asherthecrimsonfox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never noticed them until a few years ago. We get one or two every now and then. Wish we had more. Guess i need more butterfly bushes heh
I first saw one when i thought it was a hummingbird....hence hummingbird moth. Saw him and was just like Woah3 
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Apparently newspaper articles here highlight this error quite regularly. We don't have the bird in Europe at all, just the moth but people make the mistake anyway  :)
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asherthecrimsonfox Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, i guess that's the fun of it's disguise :) Silly nature seems to play tricks like that a lot 
At least he's pretty :)
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you enjoyed seeing him...  :happybounce:
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DreaminqHeart Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooooooohhhh, what a beautiful creature! :wow: Great shot! :love:
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. They are fascinating little fellows to watch but frustrating to try and photograph!   :lol:
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DreaminqHeart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet, they fly so FAST! But they are such beautiful creatures, and you did an ASTOUNDING job capturing that beauty! Awesome job, two thumbs way up! :dance: :nod:
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
...   :blush:
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
What a difficult capture. In my childhood I used to see them, but didn't know the name. Now I know. Very good photo.
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:iconcricketumpire:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. The D-SLR is the right way to go with these little fellows, having no restrictions of film expenses. Take a hundred - get only one good shot   :lol:
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot, and the subject is really interesting. I'm glad there wasn't a cat around or we might have missed it :P
(I am of course eluding to the bounty of cats in your gallery ;P )
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Those humming bird hawk-moths are hypnotic and almost more interesting than kitties!   KITTY 
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