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Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

October 17, 2022

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth- Olive green and dark red-purplish color on its back. A day flying moth and one of the most fascinating visitors in the garden. This kind of moth is an active pollinator on a bright sunny day. They are considered as beneficial insect and they don’t bite or sting. As the name suggests, it has clearwings, the rapid wing movements or wingbeats makes a humming sound.

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth tail looks like a lobster as it spreads like a fan-shaped tail divided into 2 equal sections.

All photos of this article taken same time and day, Clearwing Hummingbird Moth actively busy pollinating flowers.

Macro photography technically challenging but up-close you’ll begin to see things that you normally ignored before. Briefly, these moths are stunning. At a glance, I really thought it was just a baby hummingbird because they can hover and flies backward and sideways. While photographing it was very difficult to position myself on a stable platform.

Wary of taking insect images in a very bright sun because contrast problems, I was even rushing to take photos so quickly before they disappear in seconds, it was really difficult to take a handful of clear shots. Another thing, I prefer to take photos in the morning or late afternoon traditionally the best times to shoot because of softness and quality of light. Unfortunately, it’s not applicable to these moths, they are active when the sun is high and bright.

My website boasts a wide collection of insects such as colorful butterflies, dragonflies, honeybees to name a few… Majority of my shots taken are rare to find extreme of its kind. It just so happened I was in the right time and place. Our garden is an ideal spot to capture butterflies and bees, plenty of nectar producing flowers around.

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