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Insect with a HUMAN-LIKE eye

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Insect with a HUMAN-LIKE eye

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Hummingbird Moths (genus: Hemaris) are abundant in the summer meadow at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.
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I shot this in July of 2011; the moth is enjoying Monarda pollen. Take a look at its eye. Not the typical insect eye, as far as I know. Kind of spooky.
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[Note 4Feb2013: While reading "Life Everlasting," a book about Nature's death-to-life cycle, I've just stumbled on the fact that "eye" of the hummingbird moth is, indeed, false. Thanks to author Bernd Heinrich]


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Michelle Alton
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    I dunno...Perhaps what appears to be an eye is not an eye at all!


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1/29/2013 6:10:00 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Michelle,Awesome close up my friend.The fake eye is so it can fool predator.If you looks at them from top they look like a bird.We see a lot of them out here!!!!


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1/29/2013 6:30:40 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Nice capture, Michelle!!


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1/29/2013 7:03:31 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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A great shot Michelle! I have tried many,many times to photograph one of these guys with very little success.


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1/29/2013 7:15:35 AM

 
Jack Ryan
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Excellent "action" image of this very difficult to shot creature...well done.


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1/29/2013 7:26:06 AM

 
Val Feldman
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I never knew the "eye" was fake...Know the caterpillar of the hawk moth has "fake eyes" to ward off predators (and that's scary looking enough!)...will have to do some further research on this...not to doubt Bobby, who knows his "stuff" for sure! What's weird to me is the "eye", fake or otherwise, always seems to be looking right at you! And he's sure giving you the "eye", Michelle - difficult to capture those hyper-whirring wings and darting body - great shutter work. (Where's "Tex" when you need him??:) :)


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1/29/2013 9:12:06 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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First time I saw one of these it nearly scared me out of my wits - but they're really quite interesting. Great job capturing this one!


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1/29/2013 9:59:34 AM

 
David Phalen
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Outstanding action capture with excellent colors and details!! That "eye" certainly is creepy!!


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1/29/2013 10:00:47 AM

 
David Phalen
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Outstanding action capture with excellent colors and details!! That "eye" certainly is creepy!!


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1/29/2013 10:58:34 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Nice capture and a cool looking moth! I have never seen one of these. PS - at least they didn't take my cameras and guns.


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1/29/2013 11:56:18 AM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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Not too keen on that eye but it sure is an excellent capture and has us all thinking!!

Wonderful work


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1/29/2013 12:40:06 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Micelle,I might be wrong on that.Maybe it's a butterfly I'm thinking about


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1/29/2013 12:42:25 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Michelle,I might be wrong on that.Maybe it's a butterfly I'm thinking about


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1/29/2013 12:44:29 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Exquisite detail and focus Michelle.


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1/29/2013 2:50:19 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful capture Michelle. I get these at my butterfly bushes sometimes in the summer


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1/29/2013 3:36:06 PM

 
Ken Smith
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That's an interesting bird...er moth. Cool shot, Michelle!


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1/29/2013 5:09:05 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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They sure are interesting little creatures and his eye does look human-like. I've only seen them a couple of times and did get some shots myself. Now you've got me interested in looking for the folder to take a look at their eyes. Nice catch, Michelle!


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1/29/2013 6:54:30 PM

 
Ann Coates
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That moth would scare the hell out of me. A fantastic capture of it Michelle.


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1/29/2013 7:40:24 PM

 
Sabrina Ryan
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Fabulous timing and capture, Michelle!


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1/29/2013 7:48:44 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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It would only scare me if it winked...great find and capture, Michelle!!


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1/29/2013 10:03:35 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Wow, this is an amazing capture Michelle! I've never seen anything like this. You're right, its eye is not like other bugs at all. Mother nature is beyond our imagination.


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2/2/2013 1:51:03 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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I wonder who/what it is trying to ward off? What predator it would have that could see the eye? It works well on spooking the humans so maybe that is who?! We both posted eye's in nature today! COOL! :D

Amazing image and bug, Michelle. I like this bug, too. It's not as creepy as that other bug. HeeHee! :)

-Laura :D


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2/6/2013 7:50:53 PM

 
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