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Silver-striped hawk moth On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.<br />
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Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.  <br />
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Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp. <br />
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Wingspan 6 cm<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/118605/silver-striped_hawk_moth_lateral.html" title="Silver-striped hawk moth lateral"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/118605_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1634774410&Signature=i4oLbuuhGnIRRBQPNaeKFfFzbJY%3D" width="200" height="188" alt="Silver-striped hawk moth lateral On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.<br />
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Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.<br />
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Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp. Some blur from the highspeed wing vibration can be seen in this lateral shot at the tip of the wings. <br />
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Wingspan 6 cm<br />
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Silver-striped hawk moth

On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.

Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.

Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp.

Wingspan 6 cm

Silver-striped hawk moth lateral On a cold winter morning, this beautiful silver-striped hawk moth was a sight to behold. I stayed with it for 25 minutes watching it alternate between being at rest, then vibrating its wings - and what was really great to see was the increased speed by which it did that, as the minutes passed and it gradually became warmer. This pre-flight thermoregulation involves the muscles being contracted to create only a minimal amount of wing movement, which produces as much heat as possible to elevate thoracic temperatures to flight-levels. Eventually, it flew off.<br />
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Larvae of Hippotion celerio enjoy grapevine (Vitis sp.) hence the other common name of vine moth. I read that other host plants include Epilobium (willowherb), Fuchsia, Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and other related vines such as Cissus.<br />
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Seen here on native prostrate Hibbertia sp. Some blur from the highspeed wing vibration can be seen in this lateral shot at the tip of the wings. <br />
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Wingspan 6 cm<br />
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    comments (9)

  1. Incredible detail and color! I love everything about it! Posted 2 months ago
    1. So glad you enjoyed Lisa. Posted 2 months ago
  2. Fantastic encounter, Ruth! Posted 2 months ago
    1. It was fascinating and lucky I had that time to dedicate to this sighting/activity. Posted 2 months ago
  3. Magnificent moth! Brilliant shot Ruth Posted 2 months ago
    1. Many thanks Niel. Posted 2 months ago
  4. Absolutely brilliant. Makes me wonder if you're joining the below :)

    MOTH WEEK 2021 -- July 17-25, 2021 NATIONAL MOTH WEEK 2021 is almost upon us!!  From July 17-25, 2021, everyone is encouraged to get outside to observe and photograph moths! This is a WORLDWIDE event!<br />
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We will be compiling a list of all moths shared on JungleDragon’s website during Moth Week, so please share your photos at https://www.jungledragon.com/<br />
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The National Moth Week website has ideas on how to attract moths, such as turning on an outside lights and lamps, putting up a sheet that’s illuminated by a light, smearing ferment on trees, etc.(http://nationalmothweek.org/finding-moths-2/ )<br />
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If anyone has any questions, please comment below! Mark your calendars and get your lights ready to shine! #JungleDragon #MothWeek2021 #NationalMothWeek<br />
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Photo Credits:<br />
1. Edebessa bicolor by Ferdy Christant, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/70587/edebessa_bicolor_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html<br />
2. Alabonia geoffrella by Pudding4brains, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94323/alabonia_geoffrella_linnaeus_1767.html<br />
3. Axia (Epicimelia) theresiae by MohammadReza Ehssani, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/97443/axia_epicimelia_theresiae.html<br />
4. Giant Leopard Moth by FrannySopranny, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/99277/giant_leopard_moth.html<br />
5. Cool Maiden by Claire Hamilton, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/23794/cool_maiden.html<br />
6. Silver-striped hawk moth by Ruth Spigelman, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/117829/silver-striped_hawk_moth.html<br />
7. Symphlebia underwoodi by Peter Dexter Hoell, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/104393/symphlebia_underwoodi.html<br />
8. Pityeja histrionaria by Ferdy Christant, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77137/pityeja_histrionaria_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
9. American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella) by Lisa Kimmerling, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/115726/american_ermine_moth_yponomeuta_multipunctella.html<br />
10. Eois golosata by Peter Dexter Hoell, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/99216/eois_golosata.html<br />
11. Oxyptilus chrysodactyla by Pudding4brains, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/96711/oxyptilus_chrysodactyla.html<br />
12. Forester Moth by Jivko Nakev, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/31389/forester_moth.html<br />
13. Idalus erythronota by Ferdy Christant, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77135/idalus_erythronota_la_planada_nature_reserve_colombia.html<br />
14. Virginia Creeper Clearwing - Albuna fraxini by Christine Young, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63250/virginia_creeper_clearwing_-_albuna_fraxini.html<br />
15. Hyperthaema sanguineata by Rodrigo Bernal, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/100095/hyperthaema_sanguineata_erebidae.html<br />
16. Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi by Ferdy Christant, https://www.jungledragon.com/image/89584/cirrhochrista_grabczewskyi_ivoloina_park_madagascar.html<br />
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    Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
    1. Even though it's winter here, clearly there's activity! I'll do my best, although heavy rain is forecast for the next three days, then sporadic the week after - that could change, fingers crossed. Posted 2 months ago
      1. Wonderful, thank you. Note that should you have any moths in the archive (not shared here yet), those count too :) Posted 2 months ago

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''Hippotion celerio'', the vine hawk-moth or silver-striped hawk-moth, is a moth of the family Sphingidae.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jul 6, 2021. Captured Jul 6, 2021 08:22 in 155 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm