Hawk Moth and Delphiniums

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© Andrea Petersen
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He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh...Job 27: 18

I shot this image at 9:15 PM on May, 30th and almost didn't get it as my battery went dead right after shooting two pictures. I used flash and I could hardly see to focus...My husband shone a flashlight on the flowers for extra light and that helped. The hawk moth is about the size of a hummingbird and they make a buzzing noise like one when they fly..

The hawk moth works late
To satisfy his sweet tooth..
When it is time to pollinate
He finds the bloom of youth..

Purple delphinium flowers
Make room in their booth,
Staying open after hours.
They have not gone to bed
For the insects to be fed!
Poetry by me, AJP

10 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (3 Jun 2012):

    Totally awesome!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (3 Jun 2012):

    A remarkable night capture, the blossoms and moth stand out beautifully against the darkness!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    Amazing night capture! I don't like insects that large--if you're going to be that big, then be a bird!! LOL. You did a fantastic job on this one, Andrea!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    Totally awesome!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell   gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful capture! i love the light.....

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (4 Jun 2012):

    Fine art.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jun 2012):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (5 Jun 2012):

    So artistically done!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Jun 2012):

    Awesome nightime capture!These guys are quick!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (8 Jun 2012):

    Stunning night photography, great flight detail in the Hawk Moth! Nice partner work with the added lighting. Love the Poem Andrea, well done!

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