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UploadedMay 6, 2009
TakenJuly 22, 2007
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 30D
Exposure1/2000 sec at f/2.8
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Focal Length60 mm
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I have no idea what type of insect this is! It was about as big as a large wasp. It was so large that at first I thought it was a tiny humming bird. Just happened to have my camera handy. It didn’t hang around long but didn’t seem to mind me getting close.

118 responses

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (6 May 2009):

    Amazing capture and detail

  • K

    K said (6 May 2009):

    It looks like a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Where was this picture taken?

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (6 May 2009):

    no clue what it is but you did an amazing job of shooting it!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (6 May 2009):

    Yep, I agree with Kendall here......... it's that hummingbird moth!! I discovered one just about this time last year.... and posted the same question... I had no idea.... but, I knew someone here would :) apparently it's the "holy grail" of insects.... you've scored bigtime if you capture one of these guys!!! Congrats... very nice shot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 May 2009):

    whatever it is, it is the coolest action shot I've seen of this type of insect! Well done, Joe!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (7 May 2009):

    A hummingbird moth, well I'm learning something new everyday on this site which is great.. This is a great capture Joe well done

  • Ledge95

    Ledge95 gave props (7 May 2009):

    A cool one!

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (7 May 2009):

    I'm afraid I'm just an ignorant observer. Whatever it is, you've shot it beautifully.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (7 May 2009):

    A really cool capture, Joe!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    I also think it is some kind of Moth. Excellent find!

  • Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown gave props (7 May 2009):

    This is awesome!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    Great shot, Joe!! To whomever is cross-breeding moths with birds: Could we please see the result when you cross a moth with a seagull?

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (7 May 2009):

    Yep, humming bird moth. Seen on last year for the first time also, but didn't have camera =( Love this shot!

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (7 May 2009):

    Beautiful macro!

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (7 May 2009):

    beautiful capture, great colors

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (7 May 2009):

    Wow this is pretty awesome!

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (7 May 2009):

    This is just perfect, no matter what kind of stinger this critter carries.

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    I don't know but Great Job though!

  • Maddy

    Maddy gave props (7 May 2009):

    Lol never heard of one but great picture any ways!

  • Kim Pascu

    Kim Pascu gave props (7 May 2009):

    Great capture Joe!

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (7 May 2009):

    A terrific shot!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (7 May 2009):

    Wonderful capture, Joe. Incredible detail. Recently snapped a shot in a Tuscan village of this same kind of insect and wondered what it was. Now I know.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    A hummingbird moth for sure...I adore them and look forward to the, every year...Beautfiful shot Joe!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 May 2009):

    I stopped at a library on the route of our trip so had to see what new is on JPG...Wow! Love your photo...It looks like a moth of some type..We saw something like this once too...Beautiful!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (7 May 2009):

    Awesome shot! I always wondered what they are so I had to google it! Yes, it is a Hummingbird Moth. A really amazing creature!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    Amazing capture!! Never heard of a Hummingbird Moth before! Incredible.

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson gave props (7 May 2009):

    Wow,great capture!!!!!! I think it is a fly?

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (7 May 2009):

    I don't know much about insects,,but it is beautiful.....

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 May 2009):

    Fantastic colors and clarity! I think that's a small plane not an insect!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (7 May 2009):

    A humming bird moth!! I know , I know :) Awesome capture!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 May 2009):

    Superb capture Joe, and you have taught me something too!

  • Mbego A

    Mbego A gave props (8 May 2009):

    Great shot, fantastic color!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 May 2009):

    Zoomerrific.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (8 May 2009):

    It's a BIG insect, Joe!!!! Beautiful photo, but I wouldn't want to get that close to that

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (8 May 2009):

    Fantastic colors Joe !

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (8 May 2009):

    These are fascinating. The first time I saw one, I too thought it was a small hummingbird. They approach the flowers the same way.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (8 May 2009):

    great catch. I have never seen one- or even heard of them. Never to old to learn.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (8 May 2009):

    Wow, what a beautiful capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (8 May 2009):

    Fantastic shot!! Great detail.

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2009):

    Amazing capture

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (9 May 2009):

    Cool shot Joe... My wife tells me they are humming bird moths.

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (10 May 2009):

    Nice shot cause it is not easy to take pictures of such moth !

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (10 May 2009):

    i don't know, but is a beautiful capture for sure!

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (10 May 2009):

    Learn something new every day. Great shot!!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2009):

    Truly Beautiful Capture !!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 May 2009):

    Fantastic shot Joe!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (10 May 2009):

    You specialise in great macro shots, well done!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (10 May 2009):

    Don't know this neither, but if flew there just for you to capture it!!! Perfect hot!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (10 May 2009):

    Stunning capture!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (10 May 2009):

    Wow!!! That is one unusual critter!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (11 May 2009):

    It's a hot one now...

  • Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown said (11 May 2009):

    amazing!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (11 May 2009):

    Those wings are amazing great capture Joe!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (11 May 2009):

    Fantastic photo and I agree about it being a hummingbird moth - just don't know the technical name. I have had them in my yard and they are quick as lightening. Very well job that you got such a great shot of one : )

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (12 May 2009):

    Outstanding capture of a hummingbird moth!

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez gave props (12 May 2009):

    Great macro, nice shot my friend!!

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (12 May 2009):

    great capture Joe!!!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2009):

    Amazing shot. Love it

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (14 May 2009):

    I almost said bumblebee moth but knew that wasn't it... Hummingbird moth! Great find!

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2009):

    Very nice capture!! Love the colors!!

  • Tina Wichmann

    Tina Wichmann gave props (14 May 2009):

    What timing. Awesome picture Joe!

  • Maria Cox

    Maria Cox gave props (16 May 2009):

    There are different types of hummingbird moths. This is a clearwing, and I know of another type called a sphinx hummingbird moth. This is the clearest shot I have seen of either kind! Great dof and amazing detail!!

  • Chessaddict *

    Chessaddict * gave props (17 May 2009):

    Fine macro shot!

  • Steve Brushett

    Steve Brushett said (18 May 2009):

    Yep it's a humming bird moth and it has no stinger,just laps nectar like a real humming bird, great macro shot.

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (18 May 2009):

    This is way coool...excellent capture!

  • Michaela Burgin

    Michaela Burgin gave props (18 May 2009):

    Wow. What else can be said? :)

  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    WOW amazing shot.

  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    Gorgeous macro. Well done.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (21 May 2009):

    what an amazing shot! they are so beautiful!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (23 May 2009):

    Amazing capture ! Love the detail ! NICE !

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2009):

    Beautiful photo, lovely colors!

  • J Rossi

    J Rossi (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2009):

    Wonderful capture!!

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (26 May 2009):

    wow, never heard of a hummingbird moth, but this is awesome! what a great capture!

  • Laurie Brown

    Laurie Brown gave props (27 May 2009):

    What a shot!! Very Very Good!

  • Debbie Wiley

    Debbie Wiley gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    Awesome capture!

  • Kimm

    Kimm (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    what they said!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (12 Jun 2009):

    Awesome - this could work in the filter theme too!

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    Gorgeous capture. I tried to photograph one, when I was in Switzerland, with no luck. Its a . See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SphingidaeSphingidae

  • Angela Lance

    Angela Lance gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    Awesome shot!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski gave props (3 Jul 2009):

    Great Capture.

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2009):

    I would not have known that but it is a beautiful photograph!

  • Paul G. Swanson

    Paul G. Swanson gave props (13 Aug 2009):

    beautiful timing...=]

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Another gorgeous critter picture, Joe! Have you seen "Hummingbird Moth" by Charles? If not, you should check it out!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful!

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    I have hummingbird hawk moths around my garden from time to time. Have never seen a clear wing variety. One of mine was pinkish, the other one was brown and hairy, about as fat as a cigar. They are like something out of a prehistoric era. Can't truly appreciate them until you see them fly.

  • Samuel Zanti

    Samuel Zanti gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Very cool looking bug...

  • Jacquie Gibson

    Jacquie Gibson (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2010):

    Superb macro you took of it.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    This is a very nice image. Wonderful color and DOF. Very well done...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    It looks like a freakin scary insect that might make a loud sound, what a marvelous image, As a good cowboy never goes out without his gun, a good photographer never hardly ever,..goes out without his camera(s)...and Joe is a good photographer.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (23 Apr 2010):

    This is awesome, I have captured one too! They are amazing!! Your shot is too!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (11 Jun 2010):

    I have never heard of a hummingbird moth. You know what they say "You learn something new every day" This is an incredible shot, and the bug is beautiful. That comming from a person that is scared to death of bugs.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    beautiful photo!!

  • Emily Weston

    Emily Weston said (27 Jul 2010):

    gorgeous detail

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (26 Sep 2010):

    What a wonderful capture!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 May 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jun 2012):

    voted!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    My vote!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Jul 2012):

    Fabulous shot vote

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Jul 2012):

    BTV!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (2 Jul 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Jul 2012):

    BTV!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi said (3 Jul 2012):

    BTW!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (4 Jul 2012):

    Hummingbird moth for sure. Neat capture! Voted!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (4 Jul 2012):

    BTV

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2012):

    excellent, my vote

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (5 Jul 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (7 Jul 2012):

    BTV:)

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Cool, voted

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Well done -- voted!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    yeah! voted!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (19 Jul 2012):

    Back to Vote!! Also have my b.fly/moth guide handy here and this is officially named the Hummingbird Clearwing, (Hemaris Thysbe). Your image is much better than the one in my book, too!!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (20 Jul 2012):

    btv

  • F.W. Redelius

    F.W. Redelius   gave props (30 Sep 2012):

    Looks like a Hummingbird Moth had one in my backyard this summer http://jpgmag.com/photos/3412913

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (21 Apr 2013):

    Nice capture

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