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These amazing insects visit the lavender in our garden during the summer months. They spend their time darting from flower to flower at incredible speed. They don’t settle on the flower but grasp it with two legs, their probosces flick out and back in a tiny fraction of a second and then they are off to the next flower. Capturing their images therefore required a bit of patience and experimentation. I used flash for some, extension tubes and various lenses. Some of the shots remind me of old photos of military aircraft refueling in mid-air.

Humming Bird Moth 5

Humming Bird Moth 4
Humming Bird Moth 3
Humming Bird Moth 2
Humming Bird Moth 1

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insects, moths, nature, wildlife

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • TsipiLevin
    TsipiLevinalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks very much. Sorry I missed your comment when it was posted – new to RB!

    – David Clarke

  • Nancy Barrett
    Nancy Barrettover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, David! I love the whole series!

  • Thanks very much, Nancy. They were great fun to take. I going to try some more this summer.

    – David Clarke

  • Anne Seltmann
    Anne Seltmannover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Anne! :))

    – David Clarke

  • maremarie
    maremarieover 5 years ago

    They are soooo hard to photograph! You did an amazing job capturing it so beautifully and with so much detail :-) Years ago we had one on the balcony, and some of us thought “how on earth did that humming bird get from the neotropics to Germany?”…LOL…. well, we figured it must have been an insect, then – they are just wonderful. GREAT picture! :-)

  • Thanks so much, Marie, for your lovely comments. I was originally confused by them as well. I agree, they are wonderful insects and so industrious! :))

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 5 years ago

    Great capture, you’re in the top 10 with this one

  • Many thanks, Robert. I’ve been trying to capture some more, but they seem to be moving faster this year!! I’ll keep at it!

    – David Clarke

  • Stephen Vecchiotti
    Stephen Vecchi...over 5 years ago

    A really great and unusual insect macro – very well done

  • Thanks very much, Stephen, much appreciated.

    – David Clarke

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