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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=1663804810&Signature=mnZ0F8aDk0a5QWl2YzNSaCfFe%2BM%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 one year ago
    1. So glad you enjoyed Lisa. Posted one year ago
  2. Fantastic encounter, Ruth! Posted one year ago
    1. It was fascinating and lucky I had that time to dedicate to this sighting/activity. Posted one year ago
  3. Magnificent moth! Brilliant shot Ruth Posted one year ago
    1. Many thanks Niel. Posted one year 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 one year ago, modified one year 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 one year ago
      1. Wonderful, thank you. Note that should you have any moths in the archive (not shared here yet), those count too :) Posted one year 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