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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 2528 days ago 1129 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Dick’s wonderful photos of the deer, I was reminded of my great photo opportunity of the summer.

hummingbird moth

I’d never seen this creature before and was fascinated. Since my first sighting, I saw it three times. That was last month and I haven’t seen it since.
These moths supposedly love honeysuckle and feed during mid-day.

To me, they look like a cross between a hummingbird, a crayfish, and a bumblebee.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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#1 posted 2528 days ago

Those photos are just plain great!!! I’ve never seen one of those before. You are right about the cross. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 2528 days ago

Thanks, artist Rog :)
I had a heck of a time getting the photos because they flit around just like a bee and a hummingbird. By my third sighting I was able to get good enough with my timing that I was able to get these two great shots.

(2nd photo is too big for this screen and its tail is cut off—if you click on it, you can see the full image).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 2528 days ago

Great pics Debbie.

Ain’t nature just Grande!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 2528 days ago

He he If I ‘m not wrong, these are the same that we call ”semi” here, the sort of giant cicadas that appear in Japan every summer. They fly feeding in the tree’s flowers, make a noise amazingly strong and you can see them by hundreds. Actually, every morning around 5 AM they wake us up from the garden (the sun rises quite early here as we don’t have DST).

Superb quality of your pictures Debbie, how did you get such a fast speed shot? Was it done in an interior set-up with studio flashes?

By the way you are right, the first time I saw one of those I thought it was a hummingbird.

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#5 posted 2528 days ago

to get these shots I (after a number of misses) decided to put the camera on “auto” and let it do the fast thinking.
I also used a flash to help capture the moth clearly. I used my 90mm macro lens which took me up close and personal. And I can’t forget the prayer :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 2528 days ago

Beautiful hummingbird moth pictures. I’ve only seen one once in my life but I never knew about the strange looking tail. I agree the tail looks like a crayfish.

I’d try to enter these pictures somewhere or enlarge them and sell some, I think they are that great.

Diane

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#7 posted 2528 days ago

thanks Diane :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 2528 days ago

Do you live near a nuclear power plant? LOL. Just kiddin. I’ve seen em before, yea its a cicada, we have them here in Michigan. They make a real high pitched screetch in the summer. Mom always said they were crying for rain, I think they were gettin their ya ya’s out. Whatever that means. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 2527 days ago

I think the cicada is a little different—doesn’t it look like a giant fly?
The cicada’s are really big and really noisy! I didn’t know that they were getting their ya ya’s out though! lol

(and yes… Nanticoke is about 1 1/2 hours away).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 2527 days ago

Well theres your anwer, that explains the variation. God made more than one kind of cicada maybe, or did the power plant do that? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 2527 days ago

I’m not sure, Mike but i did find the “hummingbird moth” listed in my insect book :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 2527 days ago

I stand corrected My Lady I don’t have an insect book to refer to. I know we have some very large colorful cicadas here in ole Mich. But I’ll take your word on it. Even though you are’nt far from a nuclear plant. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2527 days ago

I’m not an expert on cicadas, hummingbird moths, or nuclear plants!! :) haha

but I do know something “cool” when I see it—and this thing is cool!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 2527 days ago

Beautiful photos Deb. I will usually see a few of these each summer. But now that I think of it haven’t seen any this year. Lots of different hummingbird moths.

http://www.birds-n-garden.com/hummingbird_moths.html

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#15 posted 2527 days ago

You are so right it is very cool I’ve never seen anything like it, just the shell they leave behind, cicadas that is not your moth. It is very pretty Deb. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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