Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Post by beetleman »

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth - Hemaris thysbe . This photo is from back in July. I took about 30 pictures of this guy and only this one had his wings in stop motion. I know I had the shutter speed up around 1/1000. If you ever watch these things fly, their wings tend to Oscillate at different frequencies and sometimes you can see the wings like they are not moving but most of the time they are a blur. Like looking into a fan and seeing the blades …like a strobe. That’s what I think I caught here in this picture. I hope I explained that so you can understand #-o . This fellow was very cooperative and stayed on this plant for a long time.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

What is it with these things :-k Everybody seems to be able to get a shot of one but me. I go crawling around through the bushes, getting stung on the nose by yellow jackets, crawled on by spiders, hauled in as a "peeping tom" but I can never find one of these things, much less get a shot of one. Really a nice colorful shot though Doug. :smt023

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Post by Bruce Williams »

An excellent shot that beautifully illustrates the transparent wings of this humming-bird look-alike.

Interesting that you got just 1 shot out of 30 with the wings frozen. I take your point about strobe effect, but it does make you wonder about wing "flapping patterns" - is there a point where the wings stop (top and bottom of their movement) or do they move in a sort of figure-of-eight?

Bruce :D

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