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Insect with a HUMAN-LIKE eye by Michelle Alton

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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]


Uploaded on 1/29/2013 6:08:24 AM
Made with Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera

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