Hummingbird Hawk Moth - Macroglossum stellatarum - Arezzo, Italy

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    As always, I'd like to apologize for the lack of postings lately. I’ve been quite busy recently and haven’t had as much time as I’d like to get out and shoot arthropods like I used to. Additionally, I’ve been in Italy for the past month and didn’t have my usual macro equipment with me. Be assured – more macro photos will come someday.

    The image above is one of the plentiful and beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moths (Macroglossum stellatarum) I encountered while in Arezzo, Italy. The shot was taken with my new Pentax Kx and an old 50mm f/1.4 prime.

    To all of you who have been asking questions about my equipment or macrophotography in general – I apologize for my silence – I just can’t get back to all of you. If you are interested, I have an FAQ here: and additionally - a short video about my techniques here:

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    1. Jovan Peric 45 months ago | reply

      Excellent job...

    2. elio de stefani. 45 months ago | reply

      ☺☺☺.meravigliosa immagine!!

    3. Nick Layton Photography 44 months ago | reply

      Just came to this shot from the youtube video which, I have to tell everyone, is so worth viewing. I love your attitude and devotion to work and how you gently inspire. Thanks so much.

    4. Sebastian Muller 44 months ago | reply

      The timing couldn't be better!

    5. DrPhotoMoto 43 months ago | reply

      Guess I need to travel more. What a beautiful moth and lovely in flight capture.

    6. amwo 43 months ago | reply

      awesome shot !!

    7. Fly Giordano 43 months ago | reply

      Eccezionale ripresa e anche le altre foto fatte ad Arezzo sono molto belle ! complimenti hai delle belle idee!

    8. Yet Another Guy With A Camera 43 months ago | reply

      amazing shot. I know how difficult it can be to focus on a moving object.

    9. Dan Wiklund 43 months ago | reply

      Nice composition.

    10. Isobelle Pover 42 months ago | reply

      You have enormous talent and it is generous of you to share it. I like your macro photo video sauntering through the woods and then showing us some incredible little creatures, so perfect and beautiful.

    11. ~Easily Overlooked~ 41 months ago | reply

      Looks beautiful. :)

    12. javik7 41 months ago | reply

      Impresionante fotografia. Una toma extraordinaria. Felicidades.

    13. ac4photos. 41 months ago | reply

      Impressive capture ... well done

    14. PK°Art 40 months ago | reply

      Your pics are awesome, good inspiration

    15. amy buxton 37 months ago | reply

      exceedingly artful shot.

    16. nitintidke 23 months ago | reply

      simply superb...

    17. aapfarrington 16 months ago | reply

      Theyre so fast. I struggled catching one and had it on continuous shoot constantly! amazing photo

    18. Geraint Radford Photography(c) 7 months ago | reply

      great photography! that moth is amazing!

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