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Photo Info

Dimensions3600 x 2400
Original file size3.05 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken28-Jun-15 18:53
Date modified25-Dec-22 22:09
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length850 mm
Focal length (35mm)850 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/1600 at f/6.3
FlashFired, compulsory mode, return light detected
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth may fool you the first time you encounter it. Its size, shape and movements are so similar to a hummingbird that it may take more than one look to be sure which you are seeing.

And like hummingbirds it frequents plants with deep tube-like flowers where the nectar is located at the base of the tube, requiring a long proboscis to reach it. In this image the plant is Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), a plant of sunny meadows. It also does well in a sunny garden and will attract both the hummingbird clearwing and actual hummingbirds.

Location: Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, VA