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Aug 31, 2011 11:11 |  #1

...but a Hummingbird Moth.
Couldn't find the section for Butterflies and Moths.


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Aug 31, 2011 12:21 |  #2

It's a hummingBird Moth. Beautiful catch.


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Aug 31, 2011 12:25 |  #3

Beautiful shots of an honorary hummingbird. :)

Did you notice if he was using his "tail feathers" to control his flight?


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Aug 31, 2011 15:08 |  #4

canonloader wrote in post #13030721 (external link)
Beautiful shots of an honorary hummingbird. :)

Did you notice if he was using his "tail feathers" to control his flight?

They do look like feathers on the tail, although I couldn't see them moving to control flight. I'll watch if it comes by again.


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Aug 31, 2011 15:26 |  #5

That would be a very cool adaptation if he did, as no other moth or butterfly that I know of has a tail section to control flight, like birds do.

I have only seen one of these up this far North and I've been waiting to see another ever since. :)


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Sep 01, 2011 22:33 |  #6

Nice shot -- we seem to get these guys around here in late summer (sept.).




  
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Sep 02, 2011 04:40 |  #7

lovely shots David




  
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Sep 02, 2011 06:16 |  #8

Awesome shot


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Sep 02, 2011 08:47 |  #9

canonloader wrote in post #13031564 (external link)
That would be a very cool adaptation if he did, as no other moth or butterfly that I know of has a tail section to control flight, like birds do.

I have only seen one of these up this far North and I've been waiting to see another ever since. :)

How far north are you?

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Sep 02, 2011 20:19 |  #10

I am in La Crosse Wisconsin, right on the Mississippi River. Right near the 45° parallel if that means anything. Half way to the North Pole. LOL

Great pics of him on your site, and just from looking at them, I can see he definitely does use that tail for flight control. That's fascinating. I bet all butterflies and moths use their tails, feathers or not, to control their flight, just never noticed it or had the opportunity to look. Even a blunt naked tail could be used to balance with.


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