These amazing insects visit the lavender in the garden at our house 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.
For this one, the data are: Canon 1D MkII with Canon 70-200mm (at 125mm) f2.8 lens and 25mm extension tube; ISO400 f5 1/4000

Humming Bird Moth 5

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

For more images of these wonderful insects, click here


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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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    fantastic image;

  • Many thanks, Scott.

    – David Clarke

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    Great capture David! I have been trying to get a photo of a hummingbird moth for 2 years now and have not yet been successful. I very rarely see them here but sure get excited when one visits the garden :)

  • Many thanks, Renee. Your comments are much appreciated. There are a few more of the series on my website if you’re interested – I didn’t want to post too many of the same thing on RB. We’re fortunate in our part of Tuscany that we get a good number of these chaps visiting, and quite a variety of types.

    – David Clarke

  • Normf
    Normfover 5 years ago

    This is an amazing capture. My grandson just spotted this and said “Wow what kind of bird is that?”. Must have taken a lot of patience to get such a supurb shot David!

  • Thanks very much, Normf, your comments are very much appreciated. A friend of mine in Italy actually tried to convince me it was a bird! And she wasn’t kidding!

    – David Clarke

  • Normf
    Normfover 5 years ago

    I’ve seen some pretty long tongues on some of our honey eaters but nothing like the proboscis of a butterfly or moth especially the famous Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, a member of the Sphinx Moths, Hawkmoths (Sphingidae). They are unusual in being a diurnal Moth rather than nocturnal. I noticed that Rpnzle has a good pic on red bubble but yours is an awasome flight shot. Again well done and worth the effoort.

  • Normf, thanks again. I must do some research on the types we get in our garden – there are several diurnal ones flitting about all day long, some really quite small. There’s also certainly a clearwing type among them, but I’ll have to check to see if it’s the moth you mentioned. Thanks for the info and the kind comments.

    – David Clarke

  • Terri~Lynn Bealle
    Terri~Lynn Bealleabout 5 years ago

    WOW, an amazing capture. Great timing on this shot! EXCELLENT!!!

  • Thanks very much, Terri-Lynn, I’m delighted you liked it!

    – David Clarke

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Mariola! I’m thrilled. And thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • julie08
    julie08almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • Many thanks, Julie:))

    – David Clarke

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    that’s fantastic David! I love the white background. lucky you! not easy to catch

  • Thanks so much, eyelife:))

    – David Clarke

  • sharkyvin
    sharkyvinalmost 4 years ago

    great shot oefffff

  • Many thanks, Roel! And thanks too for the fav!

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Dear Don Davide..
    Beem a while .. so sorry .. still your work is spot on as always

  • Giovanni, my dear friend, how good to hear from you. We are about to leave Europe’s declining temperatures and darkening evenings behind for our winter sojourn in Phuket and Hong Kong. I hope I will be moved to start clicking the shutter again – been somewhat wanting in that department lately. Many thanks for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

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