Visted by this Humming Bird moth from the Hawk Moths Family (sphingidae). Feeding at midday this beautiful moth arrived and hovered around our newly opened blooms of duranta flowers (durunta steyermarkii) for about 10 minuets while i struggled to keep up with it. As its name suggests it beats it wings very fast with a faint humming sound as it displays great aeronautical skill and control. The body starts at a pointed nose and continues down a reddish brown thorax and abdomen with white abdominal fans open for stability in flight. Its beautiful eyes help to pinpoint tubular flower entries for its long thin tongue as it constantly refeuls to power its flight. Common favourite foods are perennial basil and lavender plants.
A range of veld types but often seen in gardens or farms growing its food types.
Shot on a cannon 100mm Macrolens set on manual focus. Set on shutter speed priority of 1/4000 with iso and f stop on auto. Sunny day allowed for faster shooting.
Lat: -33.94, Long: 18.41
Spotted on Nov 26, 2018
Submitted on Nov 26, 2018
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