Monday, July 21, 2008

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth: Ruby Tuesday

Tints and shades of red dominate these photos: the pink of the Common Milkweed blossoms, the maroon strips on the moth's abdomen and the reddish tones on its inner wings. Notice how transparent the wings are! You can view the blossoms through them as the moth beats its wings, hovering while feeding on the blossoms. The Bumble Bee is just an extra that flew in but it does give you a size comparison.
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26 comments:

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Wow! I've just looked at your most recent posts. You are getting some really great pictures of so many different things. Loved the duck family, bees, fox, and this hummingbird moth, too.

ellen b said...

Yikes,
What a great clear capture. The details are great...

Mary said...

That is a terrific picture of the clearwing hummingbird moth! They are so fascinating to see and they really do resemble hummingbirds hovering in the flowers. Yours seems to be a bit different in color from the one that I've seen....mine was more bumblebee colored. Really beautiful photos! Milkweed attracts such great photo material :-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

These photos are great! You must have had your camera ewady to snap in an instant.

me ann my camera said...

sandpiper:
Isn't summer wonderful! There is such a variety of nature out there to enjoy and photograph.

ellen:
I find these are fascinating little creatures. Glad that you enjoyed.

mary:
I have a favourite Milkweed Patch that I visit often. You're right, there is always something fascinating there to find and photograph.

April said...

Very pretty photos for your Ruby Tuesday post. Such an interesting moth, and the transparent wings are truly remarkable. Wonderful photography!!

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are amazing. I know I've never seen one of these and don't think I've ever heard of one either. And how great was it to have that bumblebee in the shot as well!

kjpweb said...

So cool - they've been seen a lot recently! Such an interesting creature. Cheers, Klaus

Wren said...

I've not seen one of these in real life, just the photos. Wonderful pictures.

shutterhappyjenn said...

Very great shot! What's the name of that flower? It's so pretty.

My Ruby Tuesday photos are posted HERE.

Please check it out if you have the time. Thanks!

Roger said...

Awesome ♦Ruby Tuesday♦!

How cool I have only seen a few of these, thanks for sharing!

Mines up ♦Ruby Sunrise♦ click here!

napaboaniya said...

These are really nice pictures. Their wings are really so transparent and you did a great job capturing it in motion. :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday!!

Michelle said...

Your moth and mine should get together..GG. Mine was out today again..great photos...

Geraldine said...

You continue to amaze me Ann. Such talent you share with all of us. Thanks for the continued beautiful work that you bring to all your readers.

LOVE your new header too.

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BNS said...

You did a wonderful job of capturing and showing off the transparency of the wings.

Bobbie

Raven said...

You continue to introduce me to wonderful creatures I'd never know about otherwise -- and in such beautiful photos.

Leslie said...

We've been studying milkweed in class this week for our unit on Monarch butterflies so it was interesting to see the flowers. Thanks!

Leora said...

So delicate and gentle. Thanks for pointing out the transparent wings.

WillThink4Wine said...

It's always such a delight to visit your nature world!

Dianne said...

He's a bit furry, right?

Great closeup!

and your shots of the baby fox are wonderful!!

the teach said...

Ann, incredible macro shots! Yes I can see through the hummingbird's wings... that's why they seem to disappear when they are fluttering so fast! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Ladynred said...

That is great shots of the moth and bumble bee. It's obvious they love the flower!..hehe

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Becky and Gary said...

I'm very envious. I've only seen one of these moths years ago. Good catch, and a great Ruby Tuesday.

Carletta said...

I never saw or heard of one of these until Sunday in someone's post and your's is the second I've seen today.
What a great find and well captured!

Kay said...

Oh gosh! You do have the MOST interesting photos, Ann. I've never heard of a hummingbird moth much less seen one. Fantastic post!

Patti said...

I also never heard of a hummingbird moth. I love the photos - they are so clear and have such detail.

Interesting post!