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A Split Second by thrumyeye A Split Second by thrumyeye
When a hummingbird moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) wants honey he rolls out his loooong 'tongue', puts it in a flower and sucks. When satisfied he rolls his tongue back in and flies away. As simple as that. :D My goal was to catch this precise (and very short) moment and I think I succeeded on this.

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Canon 350D + Tokina 100mm F2.8
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GaaraLeeSandNinja Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
I saw one of those while in a drive-through to get dinner. Scared the crap out of me since I'd never even heard of Hummingbird Moths before. 
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delta-elements Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They are the cutest and really hard to capture. Tried that a lot and failed multiple times, never succeeded. But now that I have seen your shot I'm prepared to try it again next summer. Well deserved :+fav:
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deisakufan101 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
These are really cool moths! Nice picture!
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PhotosbyMarie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Photographer
You have real talent to capture this split second moment.
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KMTwiddley-Wings Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love humming bird moths!!!!!!! They come to me home for flowers every year!!!
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wickedphoenix93 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is an incredible shot! it must have taken a lot of patience :)
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aka-photography-uk Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi :wave:

You have been featured :love:
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aidaabozaid Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
hehehehe what a great photo, Yesterday was a disastrous for me , I spent it all just trying to catch a blue small humming bird
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SkittleBird Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love catching these in the summer! what an awesome shot!
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Alabamaphoto Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
WOW! I see these all the time , but have never got to capture one in photos. Beautiful shot!
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A-teinna Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, what a beautiful photo, my compliments :clap: I've Linked it to one of mine: [link]

Thanks for sharing :wave:
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Litratobyberneserose Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!! so amazing..
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reclusive-aesthetic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
wow really cool capture
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GothDrawer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
I'm a newbie photographer so this is really cool if you ask me!
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Eeveelutions95 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
wow! it's pretty and scary @ the same time (AHH bugs! lol)
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JRRCEBALLOS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow!!! what kind of insect is that?.... nice shot
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Gladrin Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Hehe I love these little guys. I've always seen them in my grandparent's yard in the summer and I've always thought they were the most amazing bugs, but i've never tried taking pictures of them, I thought that was an impossible task.
I stand corrected. This is a great picture.
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InnocentDrive Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great capture. I've had quite a few of these bugs fly into me while I was in the garden.
They were never in my state until late 2001 or so, we didn't know what they were. We've seen them the size of a small sparrow.
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JustK8 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I'm gonna react to your poll through this and let you know which ones I would love to own as cards!
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DominiquePhantom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Gorgeous shot ! :heart:
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Great shot! I'm trying to catch this little fellow for years!
Maybe this summer I'll succeed :lol:
I never saw it's eyes so clearly before! We call it "colibri moth" :)
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miskitaky Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
lovely
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blondiebananamix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student Photographer
Brilliant! <3
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FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yep, have seen it here in Northern Minnesota once. Amazing & yet slow moving w/ such precise for aiming to the honeysuckle as I let one of the wild flower grow in out yard!
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Dracilla112 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I see those things in Spain :D I think it was Spain...:/ either way, I was like o.O what the heck is that!? but then I found out it was a moth xD
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joshallenfreer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
I've NEVER heard of a hummingbird moth before! That's CRAZY cool!
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Mnemeth17 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I must commend you on this photograph. I tried so hard to photograph one in my backyard as it was flying around my mom's garden, and I couldn't for the life of me get it in the picture, much less as in focus and great angle you have captured here. This is truly spectacular and you have a wonderful gift!
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CynicalFlamingo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
oh my god you are the best photographer ever!
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Om-nom-nomnivore Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I've always thought these were the strangest animals! the first time I saw one i didn't know what it was.
It looked like it had a lobster tail, moth wings, and a hummingbird beak!
i called it the humobsteroth. :D
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I've seen a few of these cute little guys and always wondered what the heck they were.
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Rootbeet Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Amazing!!!
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FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
I've seen it once in Northern Minnesota few years back.

Its a rare sighting, not seen them anymore. Must got caught in the strong wind & drifted further is what my theory could be. As I had Wikipedia to get additional info.

Thanks for share !

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kickmeto Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Stunning capture!!!
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TheSoftCollision Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a similar shot here [link]

I took 4 photos over 2 minutes and in each it looks like the tongue is out.
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BogdanCh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap::clap::clap:
:nod::nod::nod:
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Loulou13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great capture and I love the colours.
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DarkWolfYoukai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Beautiful image! I've seen a hummingbird moth only once, and it moved so fast it confused me for a moment as to whether or not it was an insect.
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Lieju Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Woaah, good job!
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Writer
Wow, impeccable timing! What an amazing shot! I love hummingbird moths, they are pretty awesome.
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flyman6900 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful capture. Love it!
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Headbanger4Life Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Your nature shots ever continue to astound me! Marvelous job!
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buleria Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Perfect exposure,great use of speed and wonderful natural colors.
Regards,
Remus
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Duble Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
shoot for Nat. Geo. seriously.
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cenTaure-sauvage Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful ! I've been looking for what species it was for years. Before last summer I didn't even know if it was a humming bird or a butterfly
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camilah Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
This is a beautiful picture:love:
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xibalba Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
awesome capture :clap:
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yurypereira Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Incredible, deserves a :love:
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dadian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
WOW Stunning capture 8-)
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saiquarx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect! One of my wishes is to see and capture (on camera) on of them! Lucky you!
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Now THAT is a nifty photo of a hummer moth. :D We didn't have ANY last year, and very few butterflies at all. Damn rains...
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Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
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F/5.0
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Aug 22, 2006, 10:12:38 AM

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