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Schumacher of ...butterfly

Schumacher of ...butterfly
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D7100, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya HMC Super 62 mm UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2009-10-05 2:11
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After hours of torment, this was the most acceptable shot of Macroglossa Stellatarum.
No big deal, but is an attempt to capture this Speedy Gonzales!
MACROGLOSSA STELLATARUM, or HUMMING-BIRD HAWK MOTH. This moth is of interest to gardeners, chiefly because of the part it plays in fertilising the young seeds in Honeysuckle and other plants in which the flowers have long, narrow tubes. In such flowers, the honey, which is the lure for insect visitors, is at the bottom of the tube, and is within reach only of those insects that have a long proboscis. Through this organ the honey is sucked up, but, to reach the latter, the head has to be thrust deep into the flower; and, in doing this, the insect carries off some of the pollen on its head or back. The parts thus dusted with pollen are almost certain to touch the stigma of the next flower visited; and the pollen grains adhere readily to the sticky surface of the stigma, whereon the insect's share in the work of fertilisation is completed. Some idea of the size, form, and markings of M. stellatarum may be formed from Fig. 498. The front wings are smoky, with a black central dot, and dark cross-bars. The hind wings are orange coloured, with the base and margin dark. The body is of a smoky hue, with black and white spots on the hinder part, where also there are black and white tufts on the sides, and a tuft of black hairs at the end of the body. These tufts are spread during flight, considerably increasing the apparent breadth of the body. The flight is very rapid, the moth dashing from flower to flower, remaining poised on the wing before each, while it sucks out the nectar, and unconsciously transfers the pollen from flower to flower. In mode of flight, in the loud humming noise that it emits while poised before a flower, and even in its general appearance, it so much resembles a Humming Bird as to well deserve the popular name of Humming-bird Hawk Moth. Like the bird named, it flies only by day, and most actively during bright sunshine, in this respect differing from most of the group of Hawk Moths.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-10-05 2:43]

Hi Horia ;)
Congratulations...Fantastic shot-moment...TFS
Best wishes,
J ;)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-10-05 2:45]

Hi Horia,
What a wonderful action shot of this moth in flight!
Very sharp and well lighted!
Nice movement in the wings while the body of the insect is in perfect focusing.
Beautiful flower for a landing place!
Great work!
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Horia,
I admire your patience, and it paid off. Speedy Gonzales' proboscis sticking out for some nectar juice is a highlight. Best regards,

Good shot, excellent macro, sharpness and color, editing and presentation, congratulations, hugs

Hello Horia,

I have only seen these amazing butterflies in the S. of France but how interesting to see them hovering like little humming birds.
This is a well composed shot with the images nicely balanced in the frame.
The body of the moth is sharply focussed whilst the wing blur gives testament to their rapid movement.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Horia!
It's fantastic action shot! You perfectly captured this scene. I like it a loot!
Regards, Ewa

Horia you should be proud of this shot man.so clear and precise the capture of wing movement is awesome.Colors.contrasts are excellent.POV is great.TFS

Wow Horia, this is amazing! Your hard work paid off, because I don't see how it could be any better. I have soooo much to learn.


Horia this great work. If I am not as fast as the wing of the hummingbird's wing.
Congratulations! Sandor

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-10-05 3:50]

Dupa cum se vede, rabdarea ti-a fost rasplatita cu prisosinta,
Felicitari !!!

Hi Horia!
wonderful shot! great clarity and details...
best regards,

Cred ca este singura poza cu insecta asta cae e facuta extraordinar de bine
absolut "inghetata"faptura la viteza care o are
culorile si claritatea sunt superbe
O zi frumoasa!


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-10-05 5:27]

Hello Horia,
Excellent timing on this ! Very beautiful lighting and details captured. Nice color contrast and very well composed. TFS Julie

Hello, Horia -
Incredible nature capture - the fast shutter speed allowed you to capture a clear, sharp image of the body while the wings were in rapid motion. Incredible level of detail. The portion of the bright flower in the lower left corner adds brilliant color to the scene. Excellent work.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-05 7:23]
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Salutare Horia,
exceptionala imagine. Asta-i din Brasov? Sa nu-mi spui ca Mariana este originara din Brasov !? Daca este asa ... ai mare grija de ea .... ca 30 de ani nu ajung !!! Glumesc.
O saptamina frumoasa,

Fantastic shot!
You are take the photo from the spedy .
Comgratulation ,

Hola Horia,
perfecto el instante captado.
Buenos efectos y exposición.
Un cordial saludo amigo, JL.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-05 9:09]

Hi Horia

Looks more like a hummingbird, than a moth! Impeccable sharpness & dof, with lovely colour, & good saturation. I like the oof bg & bokeh. Well framed & composed. Tfs!

Hello Horia

What a wonderful shot !
with a great sharpness on details !
Well done !
and TFS :) Tellie.

Hello Horia,

This is amazing.
Excellent shot with beautiful composition, good focus and blurred background, sharp details and lovely colors.

Regards and all the best,

Ciao Horia, superb macro with wonderful fast devill on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness, great light and fine details, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-10-05 12:54]

Hi Horia,

I think I've heard this referred to as a hummingbird moth, and in any case it certainly looks like one. You've done an excellent job freezing its body in flight, while leaving the wings blurred to show motion. Your patience certainly paid off, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-10-05 13:01]


Fantastique macro, quel captage au bon moment, en plein vol, netteté parfaite, avec la longue trombe, ce sbelles couleur, grandiose.

bravo et amitié


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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-10-05 13:33]

Buen macro gran momento muy nitido y bien captado,bu,yo lo he intentado varias veces fotografiarlo pero no me ha salido ninguna que me pueda poner aqui
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-10-05 14:50]

Hi Horia!
Amazing macro shot! Title is perfect ! :-))
Focus and details are great. Excellent DOF.
Best regards.
Have a nice week.
Ciao! Vanda

Well this is quite an acceptable close-up Horia , a great effort , yes sometimes patience wears out but sometimes it pays off too , he he ! Not a bad looking capture frankly, you caught it in the act and i like how it is presented here ,its long 'proboscis ' inserted deep in the flower to suck up the nectar it's fond of , the world of insects will never fail to impress us!

Hi Horia:
Every one has said a lot...so I will just say that your shutter spped was just wonderful to stop this action...most excellent dof and details on this 'stop-action' capture!!!

Bonjour Horias,
Saisissant instant, c'est superbe !!!!!!!!
Bonne journée.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-10-06 7:40]

Hello Horia,

The harald schumacher flight, said they are attracted to red flowers.
It really is a shot of action, the details are really wonderful.
I like this photo.
Good day.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-10-06 11:51]

Hello Horia.
Great moment captured. Well managed focus. Looks perfect to me!
Janek KLoss

Hello Horia,
It's a fantastic shot! The setting in situation was really well seized. The colors and contrast are perfect.
Best regards Siegfried

Salut Horia!
L-ai prins excelent pe Scumacherul asta in care parca se reflecta culorile florii.Multe salutari.Alin.

Ciao Horia

This photo is wonderful!
excellent shot of action, and thanks for the
hours of torment! See your creation!
Nice perspective through the choice of your angle.
Good composition, sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done,

Best regards,


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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2009-10-09 13:22]

One of the best shot I have seen of a moth in action! A very impressive photo with good use of light. Only a patient man like you could have captured this!


Bonsoir Horia.
Le titre est joliment choisi...effectivement, cet insecte est rapide, et une telle netteté sur votre photo est une prouesse.
Bravo !
Merci du partage.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-10-13 5:42]

Hi Horia,
this is simply superbs.
Excellent moment well frozen with great skills and brilliant style.
Top class shot with excellent details.
The motion blur of the wings is simply stunning.


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  • shis69 (52)
  • [2009-10-13 10:43]

Hi Horia,

what a great shot!
Thank you for showing!

Best regards


Bonjour Horia
Incredible shot, this insect is always moving; I could not properly catch one.Your picture is wonderful

Hi Horia,
Congratulations as stated before and WOW what an amazing capture.Great definition with sharp image against a soft lighted BG.Great shot.

Hi horia,

This is quite a capture of the butterfly in flight. The macro view is showing the details and colors of the Humming-Bird Hawk Moth working on the flower. The insect is clear and sharp. It is well framed. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Horia,
Great shot! I've tried for years to capture one of these hawkmoths, but never succeeded.

very good and shapr macro.. well done

Very good timing and great framing, Horia.
Wonderful colors, focus and DOF.
Congratulations and TFS!

Greetings from Brazil,

Hi Horia,
Thasks for your patience, and it paid off.
wonderful and perfect action shot.

Best Regards,


  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2009-12-19 12:29]

Splendid all the way Horia !
I tried capturing them myself this summer in France,
but sadly I had a 24-70mm lens on my cam.
I don't come even close nor in distance nor in result :-)


hi Horia,

what do you mean "no big deal"? it is an amazing shot!
look at that flower, the background beauty and the butterfly sharpness! the composition is correct and everything works.



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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2010-01-04 8:11]

Hi Horia,

Great timing and well managed shutter speed.
Superb details and clarity.

Happy New Year!

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  • rut Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 9] (95)
  • [2010-02-01 7:39]

Hi Horia,

What an amazing "catch", this moth is incredibly gorgeous!
And your bouquet is excellent, such vivid colors.
Great shot !! well done !
Thanks, and waiting to see more of your "catch's" { :}


Just 1 world :

Hello Horia
Your patients paid off with this gorgeous image. The colours and composition are amazing. I think this one was well worth the wait. Well done.
TFS Janice

Well, second time this week!
In Trek Nature, photographer birolaci presented a photo of similar bird in North Italy, so I recognized this species right away.
Your capture is excellent, with good light and quick shutter to reveal the details of its wings.

Hi Horia,
Amazing capture and fantastic DOF.
Beautiful colors and subject.

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