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Macroglossum stellatarum Macroglossum stellatarum<br />
The winter survival :) Hummingbird hawk-moth,Macroglossum stellatarum,arthropoda,biodiversity,insecta,lepidoptera,sphingidae Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Wow, can't believe you captured this in February! Posted 2 years ago
    1. This species can endure the winter chill on walls and other places not so exposed to cold. This specimens are the last late summer-autumn's generation, and they can be seen flying like hummingbirds on the first warm days of the year. The spring has just begun here, and winter is almost gone... there are records from a vast range of butterflies that are hatching as we speak: examples, L. phlaeas, P. brassicae, P. rapae, I. lathonia, P. machaon, E. belemia, E. crameri... are some of the 2018 new born butterflies ;) Posted 2 years ago
      1. Well, in that case I'm closely watching you because here the projection for the weekend is MINUS 12C. Posted 2 years ago
        1. ;) Yep! Full winter there! Cheers, Ferdy! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Great shot! We have these in Arizona, USA as well during the spring and summer. Love these guys! Posted 2 years ago
    1. They can be very cooperative, usually depending of the flower they are feeding on ;)
      On Lamiaceae they can spend 3-5 second on each flower, and that makes all the difference to attempt a clear on focus capture. On Oxalis, they are very fast, and the height of the plant is very narrow, the best thing to do is to lay down on the ground, choose a flower, and hopefully wait for the butterfly to choose the same :D
      Cheers, Stephen! Thanks so much for the feedback!
      Posted 2 years ago

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The hummingbird hawk-moth is a species of moth. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of ''Systema Naturae''. As of 2018, its entire genome and mitogenome have been sequenced.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Feb 21, 2018. Captured Feb 21, 2018 13:37.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/8.0
  • 1/1600s
  • ISO500
  • 80mm