Humming Bird Hawk by Andy
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Hummingbird Hawk Moth feeding on a thistle flower head (Macroglossum Stellatarum)

Called Hummingbirds because they look and sound like a Hummingbird in flight. I spent some time watching these delightful moths hovering in front of flowers before taking any pictures because they are amazing to watch and it helped with my photography. There were about five at a time feeding on a clump of thistles and bugloss flowers. It is a challenge filming these moths because they only stay at a flower for a few seconds at 70 wing beats per second. So I set my lens on manual focus camera fixed to a mono-pod and focused on a flower and waited for a moth to feed.

Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro. 1/1000 f4.8 Sigma 105mm macro lens, iso 320. Mono pod. Stockbridge Downs, Near Winchester, Hampshire, UK. 21/06/03.