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 curled up like a spring ready to extend as he nears a flower.

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

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.

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Uploaded 5 July 2011
Number of views on 24 August 2011: 110


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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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  • Yool
    Yoolabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Many thanks, Mariola! And thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice detail in this capture David

  • Many thanks, Larry!

    – David Clarke

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 3 years ago

    Wow,…..great job in capturing this Hummingbird Clearwing Moth in flight and what a beautiful shot! Great work David! : )

  • Thanks so much, Sandy! I’ve now corrected the name thanks to Jesika’s input! Thanks also for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

    HELUAabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful images and description!! The humming of insects is a lovely kind of music!!

  • Many thanks, Helua! The humming is indeed lovely music, and the lavender a marvellous concert hall! Thanks also for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Glad I could help.

  • Thanks so much, Jesika; I’m very grateful for your prompt input to correct my confusion. This fellow and the clearwing are very much alike, at least to my untrained eye. Thanks too for the fav:))

    – David Clarke

  • DavidROMAN
    DavidROMANabout 3 years ago

    We have them here in Germany and they are lovely to see and too active.
    When I see a shot that’s clear of them its a wonder to see.
    Love the shot congrats!

  • Many thanks, David. They are great to watch; so incredibly active!

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Many thanks, Sylvia:))

    – David Clarke

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 3 years ago

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

  • Many thanks for that, Robert.

    – David Clarke

  • webbo
    webboabout 3 years ago

    wow!! fab shot

  • Thanks very much, webbo!

    – David Clarke

  • robmac
    robmacabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Great work David

  • Many thanks, Rob.

    – David Clarke

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