I Thought I Saw A Hummingbird!

One of the lovely things I’ve seen since living in France  are these gorgeous moths.  When we first saw them we almost thought they were actual humming birds as they hover in the same way and you can even hear the hum as their wings beat like mad.  They feed from the plants in the same way too.  However, they are actually Hummingbird Moths and, apparently are getting more common now in the U.K. as the climate warms up.     I managed to capture this one as he was dining from the geraniums on my balcony.

If you click twice on the photo you can see the moth quite close up.

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  1. #1 by UniqueNique on November 11, 2010 - 16:18

    That is beautiful

  2. #2 by photographyfree4all on November 11, 2010 - 17:35

    This is a great capture! I love the mid-flight pose here! Very nice job.

  3. #3 by photobyholly on November 11, 2010 - 18:34

    How pretty!! I’ve never seen one of these before! You did a great job of capturing him in flight!!

  4. #4 by tialys on November 11, 2010 - 21:07

    Thanks for your kind comments! I feel like a bit of a fraud because it was really a case of ‘see the moth just outside the window, run and get camera, quickly choose which lens to use, point and shoot’. But then, I guess you can’t really set up a shot with these little creatures as they are there one minute and gone the next.

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