Clearwing Hawkmoth! 3 Photos!

in #photography5 years ago

These fantastic moths usually fly about in the daytime and can be found all over the world. This particular species, Cephonodes hylas, ranges from the Eastern part of the Mediterranean to Japan and as far south as Australia.

They feed while flying, much the same way that hummingbirds do, indeed, physically they are very similar, despite one being a bird and the other an insect! Sometimes, they are mistaken for large wasps or bees, however they are completely harmless, though the caterpillars can damage plants.

I think the tufts of hair on the back help with aerodynamics the same way the tail feathers of the hummingbird function. The above top-down image also shows that the wings are the same shape too!


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Amazing work, @mweich! Absolutely brilliant!

Thank you! Haha it's not always spiders! :P

Wonderful, both color and sharpness are excellent.

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Thank you very much! It's at my favourite patch of Cosmos blossoms, a wonderful flower that blooms for a very long time from summer, well in to autumn. It attracts lots of bees, butterflies and these wonderful moths too.

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