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Hyles lineata
Hawk Moth
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White-lined sphinx
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White-Lined Hawk Moth


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H is for Huge Hawk Moth (Hyles Lineata)

H is for Huge Hawk Moth (Hyles Lineata) 

A couple of weeks ago I opened the door to let the dogs out for their morning business and saw something on the door out of the corner of my eye. Turning to look, I nearly fell over! This moth is about 2" long, what a monster! I was really excited because I instantly recognized it as a Hawk Moth, sometimes called a Hummingbird Moth because it can hover in midair like a hummingbird and is also a nectar feeder. Moths in this group also have the longest proboscis (tongues) in the world (Morgan's Sphinx Moth holds the record at 1 foot long). It was so wonderful to get a nice picture of this beauty!

Note: My apologies for being so slow to put up new pictures, I've been working on my book!

If you would like read more about these moths, Wiki has a page here: Wiki: White-Lined Hawk Moth For more informations on this fascinating family of moths, visit this Wiki page: Wiki: Hawk Moths

Explored on ipernity on April 7, 2014. Highest placement, #2.

Christel Ehretsmann, Tim Hanko, Chris Alyde, Ian Kirk and 90 other people have particularly liked this photo


80 comments - The latest ones
 Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
They are amazing moths, and a real treat to watch them feed. You captured the wing detail beautifully here.
6 years ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
WOOOOW, what an awesome animal! Look at the great details you got here. FANTASTIC, Janet! Yippieh :-)
6 years ago.
 Indira Nair
Indira Nair
Fabulous macro shot...like the details!
Thanks so much for visiting my picture :)
6 years ago.
 Frode
Frode club
Excellent macro !!
6 years ago.
 Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Well done!
6 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Like the clarity and sharpness !!
(..don't like moths !!)
6 years ago.
 ♥Annieta♥
♥Annieta♥
Amazing measure of this beautiful designed moth. Great work!:))
6 years ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Beautiful details here, Janet. Looks great on the black background.
Have a great week ahead.
6 years ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
This is a superbly detailed macro, Janet. It would not be out of place in a book on moth identification.
6 years ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
La photographie est belle .
6 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fantastic capture!
6 years ago.
 Penny
Penny
Such amazing markings...
6 years ago.
 Richard Boucher
Richard Boucher
Magnifique !
6 years ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Its a whopper -well caught , lovely shot with great detail
6 years ago.
 Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
En effet que d'émotions tu as du avoir... fascinant ce papillon : caractéristiques et beautés
sont réunis et ta macro est une totale réussite ++++!!!
C'est cadeau....
6 years ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
thats an amazing find

love your ABC images a lot
6 years ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
wish you a most beautiful week ahead:o)
6 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Beautiful....

I love watching them come in to feed on the Moonflowers !
6 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Extraordinary capture.
6 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
D'une beauté extraordinaire avec ce magnifique fond..!
Bonne soiree.
6 years ago.
 PhLB - Luc Boonen
PhLB - Luc Boonen club
I can imagine the size could freighten people;
btw thx for your very nice comment Janet!
6 years ago.
 Clotilde M
Clotilde M club
Superbe papillon !
6 years ago.
 Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Admirable macro of Huge Hawk Moth (Hyles Lineata) ! Very well performance !
Congrats on deserved Explore !
Thank you for sharing for us and your lovely visiting, dear Janet.
Have a wonderful & successful week !
6 years ago.
 Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
This interesting and nice capture admired in the group Toleranz
6 years ago.
 Rambonp
Rambonp
Congrats !

GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I had one of these in my bedroom once and it was a bit of a shock, not expecting something that big to be fluttering around my bedside light. Still I did manage to take a quick picture of it, I'll have to dig it out.

This is an amazing picture and you have captured it in all its glory. Well done
6 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Beautifully detailed moth, sometimes they sit under the lamp at our frontdoor
6 years ago.
 Chrissy S
Chrissy S
A beautifully detailed image, I don't think I have seen them at rest...
6 years ago.
 Charlie
Charlie
Formidable quel joli graphisme naturel !!!!!!
6 years ago.
 Andrea Cazzavacca
Andrea Cazzavacca
Looks really huge :D
6 years ago.
 Danielle
Danielle club
OH !!!!!!! C'est vraiment splendide *************
6 years ago.
 Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
So nice!
Really wonderful to know it (I´ve never seen before).
Thanks also for the informations.
6 years ago.
 Willard Joudrey
Willard Joudrey
gorgeous Janet, picture perfect
6 years ago.
 k m 7 d
k m 7 d club
"Note: My apologies for being so slow to put up new pictures, I've been working on my book!"

Yes, we noticed you've been dragging your feet a bit just lately! ;)
6 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
6 years ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
WOW ....that's a huge one....brilliant shot..great shot....well done Janet.
6 years ago.
 Sinephot
Sinephot
Joliment capturé ********
6 years ago.
 MGN-Marcel
MGN-Marcel
Great macro shot!
6 years ago.
 bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
Amazing macro.
Beautiful, Janet!
6 years ago.
 koaxial
koaxial
fantastic catch, Janet! - love the symmetry in this shot. makes it a wonderful pattern in soft brown colors!!
wish you much success with your book! - and yes.... I'm slow too.... need some pause time....
6 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
superb macro shot !!!
6 years ago.
 Dean Morley (on and off)
Dean Morley (on and… club
Hi Janet. :-) What a beast this is, and superb to see. I can see why you nearly fell over. ;-). Thanks for sharing this lovely, detailed image. :-)
6 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Excellent detailed hawk moth macro, Janet! Absolutely stunning!

Admired in : Exquisite Insects
6 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Also admired in : Butterflies - Schmetterlinge - Papillon
6 years ago.
 Rambonp
Rambonp
Love n regards !
6 years ago.
 Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Magnifica
6 years ago.
 ~Roxanne~
~Roxanne~
Great details, Janet!! Look at those markings!
(I know what you mean about crocuses being eaten--those in the picture I posted are actually in a cage so that I can enjoy them!)
6 years ago.
 H C
H C
What a beauty. You've captured some really fantastic detail in the moth. I saw my first hummingbird hawkmoth last year, and even maged to get a few shots of it, but not while it was sitting anywhere and not that good. I've got a couple of pics on flickr in an album of butterflies and insects.If you want to see them they are at
www.flickr.com/photos/24848163@N08/sets/72157627675727188
6 years ago.
 APEX
APEX
Magnifique
6 years ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Absolutely beautiful. The symmetry and the detail ! You have excelled yourself.
6 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
6 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Excellent capture! Sadly, I have a deep fear of moths and would have screamed and run away. Chris would have had to take it away outside.
6 years ago.
 Missfujii
Missfujii
Il est vraiment très impressionnant !!
6 years ago.
 P. Carl B.
P. Carl B.
Quelle magnifique découverte! Il est superbe ce sphinx!
6 years ago.
 Gerlinde
Gerlinde
a wonderful close up! g r e a t !!!
6 years ago.
 vero
vero club
une macro extraordinaire, magnifique ce papillon détails incroyables, une merveille,
bisous Véronique
6 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
What an amazing capture, Janet! I don't know how you come across such brilliant subjects to shoot, but you find them! The detail on this moth is so exquisite; God's little work of art!
6 years ago.
 Rambonp
Rambonp
Superb !!!!
6 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Blimey, I had to scroll down for half an hour to post this comment.............

What a brilliant find Janet! Such a beautiful creature, and it seems to have come to your to have it's portrait taken, rather than you having to go out hunting for it - how convenient. Do your advertise? lol..........

Anyway, your macro skills have not diminished at all, the detail you've captured is just amazing and the moth looks great on the black background. I love the symmetry of it's plumage (is that what you call it?) and the intricate patterns on it's wings! Cracking work :)
6 years ago.
 Charlie
Charlie
Fabuleuse capture !!!!
6 years ago.
 Dynamo
Dynamo
excellent details..
6 years ago.
 Jenny Downing
Jenny Downing
text-book perfection!
6 years ago.
 Eve
Eve
Excellent travail !
6 years ago.
 Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Beautifully taken,eddie,
6 years ago.
 spacemouses
spacemouses
Very nice moth!
6 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
wonderful picture ;have a nice week
6 years ago.
 Stormlizard
Stormlizard club
A Beautiful insect. We have several Hawk Moths the best known being the Privet Hawk Moth as its Lava feed on Privet and Lilac, the grubs being bright green with white and mauve side stripes they also have a horn on the tail which looks like, but is not a stinging needle.

On Okinawa I saw many of their "Humming bird moths" they are huge and make a lot of noise in flight.
6 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
HOW FANTASTIC !!!

Wish you a nice week end, Janet.
6 years ago.
 p'titJo
p'titJo
Superbe,très beaux détails !!!
6 years ago.
 Bruno Suignard
Bruno Suignard
excellent!!!****************************
6 years ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Beautiful =)
6 years ago.
 Maria Zarębska
Maria Zarębska
He is fantastic !!!
6 years ago.
 the incredible how
the incredible how
a soft beauty
6 years ago.
 Rosemary Matthews
Rosemary Matthews
Amazing!
Happy Easter! Did you see my cross moth? I've only seen the one.
I've been away from iPernity for quite a while but posted for Good Friday and Easter. Have a blessed weekend.
6 years ago.
 Tricia Gibson
Tricia Gibson
Stunning moth beautifully caught!
6 years ago.
 foto buff
foto buff
what book are you working on?? great photo.
6 years ago.
 Koko Nut
Koko Nut
what a terrific find!!! lucky you! and lucky us!! so beautiful!
6 years ago.
 Juleann
Juleann club
gorgeous, gorgeous creature!
6 years ago.
 Nis Jensen
Nis Jensen
Congrats :- ))
2 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
like a jewel, a brooch...
wonderful design on the wings...
how lucky you to have been able to see it...
19 months ago.

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