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Old Aug 12, 2011, 2:12 AM   #11
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These are just sensational butterfly shots Mole - really just gorgeous ! I love the shots of the Hummingbird moth too, I keep seeing them but never in a situation where I can get out to shoot them !
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Marty, those are great shots and it's nice to see a Zebra Swallowtail in the wild - I've only see them at the Butterfly House in Branson, MO. Stunning pattern!

BTW, those hummingbird moths are of the Snowberry Clearwing species, if I am correct? I've only managed one great shot of one - it was an inadvertent subject that came into the shot while photographing a Skipper.

Wonderful series - thanks so much for sharing them.

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Old Aug 19, 2011, 3:49 PM   #13
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Harriet - Glad you enjoyed the 'flies! That cheap old lens amazes me with its clarity and color rendition...

MtnMan - So glad you enjoyed both the insects and the nature "lesson." You are correct - Zebra Swallowtails do not frequent the far north. Their caterpillars must have Paw Paw trees for food, and Paw Paw is a southern species. Here's some more information (including a distribution map at the bottom of the page):
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/s...ides-marcellus

GW - Thanks!

Kevin - So glad you liked these. Those Hummingbird Moths are definitely a challenge (for me) - usually get one good shot for a dozen terrible ones...

Marc - Thanks so much for your very kind comments. Yes, we have PLENTY of Zebra Swallowtails here in East Tennessee - because we have plenty of Paw Paw thickets.
You are correct, these are Snowberry Clearwings (Hemaris diffinis). The other species here in East Tennessee is Hemaris thysbe, and it has pale yellowish legs.
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 2:11 PM   #14
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super series, just to get those, I have to go to a butterfly farm.
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Ronny - Glad you enjoyed these. Our park is practically a butterfly farm this time of year - you need to come visit sometime!
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