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During June and July, the lavender bushes in our garden in Tuscany are alive with the buzzing and humming of bees, beetles, butterflies and moths, all delighting in the sweet nectar.
A common visitor is the hummingbird hawk moth, and this one, the Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth Heparis fuciformis is also a regular.
Many thanks Jesika for the identification! – I originally mis-identified it as a Hummingbird Clearwing moth – a North American species. The RB grapevine is fabulous!
These moths are a challenge to photograph since they are constantly on the move, darting from one flower to the next savouring the nectar, spending only a fraction of a second at any one flower.
I caught this one in mid-flight as he approached a flower. His proboscis is extended and already homing in on the target – it curls up like a spring once the nectar is taken.

Image taken 1 July 2011 and uploaded on 5 July.
Original shot is a Canon RAW file that has been cropped and sharpened in Adobe Lightroom.
Location: countryside south of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

Canon 1DMkII with a Canon 300mm IS f2.8 lens, a Canon 1.4x extender and Canon 25mm tube.
ISO 250 f4 1/3200 handheld.

Best viewed large!

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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  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Well done! My first Humming Bird Hawk Moth of the year popped in for breakfast this morning, rapidly set the camera to auto -not really good enough, but at least I got some shots.
    This chap could be a Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth, they fly in England so I suppose they’ll like Tuscany.
    Great capture, I’m envious…

  • Thanks very much, Jesika – I’ve looked it up and you’re absolutely right – I’m very grateful. I have some video which I’ll edit and try to upload as well.

    – David Clarke

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    Oh, as a second thought, try the ID me group

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture David

  • Many thanks, Larry!

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks very much, Sylvia:))

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Your fantastic work has been accepted into the group “Wild Nature Photography & Writing” Well spotted and captured.

  • Many thanks, Robert.

    – David Clarke

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkover 3 years ago

    Incredible capture…they are truely unique!

  • Thanks very much, Beve. Yes, they are – I could watch them all day!

    – David Clarke

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    6 July 2011 – 1 image per day

  • My pleasure, Konstantinos.

    – David Clarke

  • Macky
    Mackyover 3 years ago

    Superb David!!

  • Many thanks, Macky!

    – David Clarke

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    So creative idea to created beautiful artwork. I love it !
    Yes, you are my winner of my day:)
    Quote of the Day
    To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
    William James mentioned:)
    Take care my artist friend,

  • Thanks so much, Sunny, your kind comments all always very much appreciated :))
    If you are interested in the other side of my creativity, please check out my author website on and my novel, Rare Traits.
    Best, David

    – David Clarke

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