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photoblog image White Lined Sphinx Moth

White Lined Sphinx Moth

Hiles lineata

 

The fast moving hummingbird moth has a rapid wingbeat up to 70 beats per second enabling it to fly up to 12 mph.  It has a long tongue-like proboscis that rolls out of its coiled tube to reach the nectar deep inside flowers.  Its tongue is about double the length of the moths body. 

~ Farmers Almanac

 

They are fascinating to watch, and I tried to capture several wing positions for you - not very successfully!   :-)

 

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White Lined Sphinx Moth

Hiles lineata

 

The fast moving hummingbird moth has a rapid wingbeat up to 70 beats per second enabling it to fly up to 12 mph.  It has a long tongue-like proboscis that rolls out of its coiled tube to reach the nectar deep inside flowers.  Its tongue is about double the length of the moths body. 

~ Farmers Almanac

 

They are fascinating to watch, and I tried to capture several wing positions for you - not very successfully!   :-)

 

photoblog image 2019 Santa Fe 98..jpg

 

photoblog image 2019 Santa Fe 96..jpg

 

photoblog image 2019 Santa Fe 94..jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

comments (21)

Wait. It can fly up to 12 mph?? A moth??? That's incredible, Elizabeth. And you did capture it!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty amazing, isn't it?! Thank you, Ginnie!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:55
It has a ghostly look to it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I see what you mean?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:56
What a beauty this moth is!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it!
  • Astrid
  • Hollandshire.....
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:57
Fabulous pictures, Elizabeth. These are fast critters, so to say. I can imagine how fascinating these are to watch.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Astrid - I was having fun!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Sep 2019, 07:08
Cracking photos pf this fascinating moth. It is a beautiful as our the flowers its enjoying.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Alan! Yes - a mutual dance!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Sep 2019, 07:17
Beautiful photos- and you are so knowable!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine! I like to call myself a "Curious Naturalist" smile
I've enjoyed looking at your picture story of this fascinating moth, Elizabeth smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad, thank you, Martin!
How wonderful to find, Elizabeth! Our post office had one of these attached to the door frame one day a couple of years ago. The post mistress had left her light on overnight by mistake and everyone who entered that day got a treat.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love them!
Yes - that would be a great treat!
It is a beautiful creature, the first picture is definitely the best of the four.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Brian!
Big moths have often fooled me thinking they were hummingbirds, as they gather at my budelia. You images are beautiful. Love the rich color and details. Friendship
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - you have to watch for a moment... smile Thank you so much, Ruthie!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2019, 15:01
Beautiful macros. For something fast moving, you managed to capture it with clarity. I like your watermark very much. How did you get rid of the default Shutterchance watermark? I can't seem to find the place to edit it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Beth!
smile You found it! smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 16 Sep 2019, 15:03
Ahh, I just found the answer to my own question - its a check box when you upload. Thank you anyway!
What a magnificent creature this is E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh I agree!
Bravo pour ta photo , pas facile à  capturer ces sphinx ..le tien est superbe !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much! Not easy, no - but fun! smile
Stunning shots of an amazing moth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Tom!
Il a de magnifiques dessins sur le corps et les ailes.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree - a lovely creature!
  • Ray
  • Germany
  • 17 Sep 2019, 03:10
Gobsmacked
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Ray!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 17 Sep 2019, 16:38
i don't believe i've ever seen a pink butterfly
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: No? Actually - this is probably the only one I ever see!
it is a very beautiful moth Elizabeth... you did a great job of catching its different wing position... they sure do move them fast....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Peter - it was fun trying to capture these!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 18 Sep 2019, 00:41
Wow! What a gorgeous specimen with its eye-catching wings!! Great series of photos!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steve! They're great fun to watch!
this is one of the most robustly built moth i seem to recall, Elizabeth. i have engaged the challenges of shooting them and am completely rubbish at identifying them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So true, Ayush! They are quite big - and often mistaken for hummingbirds! I find great joy in trying to identify plants and animals! If I can't confirm for sure... I just call it a Buckalewii whatsawhosit... smile

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