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    Went for a walk around Holy Island yesterday with friends, ánd I was about to try and take some shots of Burnett Moths on Vipers Bugloss, when I was told there was a Hummingbird Hawk Moth there as well. These things don't stay still for long, so I just snapped away, usually at where it had been, more in hope than expectation and was very pleased to get this:



    I hadn't seen the long proboscis until I looked at the shot on the computer.

    The dunes and flatland in the N of Holy Island are absolutely alive with wildlife at the moment if you're in the area.
    John

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    Very well caught.I love the colour of Bugloss which also adds to your picture.
    All the best

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    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth

      Very nice image John.
      Good strong colours, nice composition and what a great extra catching moth and the proboscis in focus.
      Well done!
      Jeremy

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      • #4
        Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth

        Excellent capture and composition. I often see them around my garden but never seem to have the camera out of it's bag or the right lens on. Well done!

        David
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        • #5
          Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth

          A great shot indeed - I have never seen this insect in Denmark but I read it is quite common in the mediterranean and seldom appears up north.
          How common is it in Britain ?

          I hope I'll get a similar beautiful photo next time I go hunting for Dragonflys

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          • #6
            Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth

            Fabulous catch - I've seen them on the continent mainly, but would never have expected to see one 'up north' and especially on Holy Island - is this usual?

            Regards
            Chris
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            • #7
              Re: Hummingbird Hawk Moth

              Thanks all.

              I believe that they are extending their range further north as a result of climate changes. I've not seen them up here before. Some information at:
              http://www.butterfly-conservation.or...hawk_moth.html

              Holy Island at this time of year is alive with insect life and flowers, so perhaps not surprising that there was a one there during a warm spell.
              John

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