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Cephonodes picus - pellucid hawkmoth These exotic hawk moths are truly a sight to behold, especially if you can observe them feeding. Despite their bulky bodies, they can hover just like a humming bird, an aeronautical miracle. This expands the bee-like moth&rsquo;s repertoire of feeding blooms to even the most delicate, otherwise incapable of supporting the weight of such a chubby bug.<br />
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Their livery is always a treat to behold, in fact a rare treat to be savoured when the photographic opportunity arises.<br />
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Location is Ciranjang, West Java, Indonesia. Garden.<br />
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Cephonodes picus - pellucid hawkmoth

These exotic hawk moths are truly a sight to behold, especially if you can observe them feeding. Despite their bulky bodies, they can hover just like a humming bird, an aeronautical miracle. This expands the bee-like moth’s repertoire of feeding blooms to even the most delicate, otherwise incapable of supporting the weight of such a chubby bug.

Their livery is always a treat to behold, in fact a rare treat to be savoured when the photographic opportunity arises.

Location is Ciranjang, West Java, Indonesia. Garden.

    comments (7)

  1. What a cracker! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Mark.

      Dave
      Posted 3 years ago
  2. Huge! great shot* Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yes, the first time you see one of these, you think it is a bee - scary!

      Dave
      Posted 3 years ago
  3. Spectacular, Dave! Posted 3 years ago
  4. Down here we call that a bloody great shot. Pretty impressive Dave. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks my friend, so kind :)

      Dave
      Posted 3 years ago

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''Cephonodes picus'' is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in most of the old world tropics, including India, the Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Torres Strait Islands, Brunei and the Chagos Archipelago.

The wingspan is about 50 mm. The wings have uniformly narrow opaque edges. The abdomen is brown with a dark band across one abdominal segment and a dark dorsal mark on the adjacent segment.

The larvae have been recorded.. more

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Vodkaman
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Uploaded May 5, 2016. Captured Jun 2, 2013 08:43 in Gunung Sari, Gunungsari, Ciranjang, Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat, Indonesia.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/8.0
  • 1/80s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm