Hummingbird Clearwing Moth 01 by Darrell Sharpe

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I had the rare occasion to photograph one of these on Saturday. I was checking out some bees that were buzzing around these flowers and next thing i knew there it was. Quite a surprise. It was about twice as big as a full size bee. Best i can describe it, is that it has a feeder tube like a bee or a hummingbird, a tail like a lobster and clear reddish wings shaped like a butterfly. It was strange! I showed it to my in laws (we were visiting them) and they’ve never seen anything like this before.

I snapped a bunch of shots, but unfortunately the wind was really blowing and i was shooting at a long range to get close with a nice dof. So i have a couple of decent ones, I hope you all enjoy them.


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  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardalmost 7 years ago

    Hi ! Darrel,this photo is one of a kind ,I only saw that in my bird’s books.This is a Macroglossum stellatarum or a Humming-bird hawk-moth……..you are very lucky,fantastic shot.

  • lemonzap
    lemonzapover 6 years ago

    great endever!

    flooky thow.

    great pck non-the less.

    Briliant in fact


    well done.

  • thanks!

    – Darrell Sharpe

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 6 years ago

    Very rare, wow!

  • thanks :)

    – Darrell Sharpe

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