Some cool names for animals images:
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth Caterpillar - Hemaris thysbe
Image by Distant Hill
Another name for some of the caterpillars in this family is the Hornworm, for good reason. We have a few different types of hummingbird moths (aka sphynx moths) here in New Hampshire. Here is a link to an image of another varity found here, a White-lined Sphynx Moth in flight: flic.kr/p/aemihT
For more info on hummingbird caterpillars and moths in general go to : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae
Below is some interesting info on the subject, taken from the above Wikipedia link:
John Linnell, of the rock band They Might Be Giants, reportedly wrote the song "Bee of the Bird of the Moth" (on their album The Else) after he saw a "hummingbird moth".
Edgar Allan Poe includes a sphinx moth in his short story, "The Sphinx". The main character mistakenly thinks that the moth on a window is a huge monster. Much to his surprise, his friend points out that it is in fact very close and not on a hill in the distance.
Image by satosphere
No creative names for these two.
When I was in the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, I got into a wildlife shooting fever. Armed with a Sigma 70-300m F4-5.6, I managed to get majority of the birds, which are, in general, more interesting to shoot than animals.
There were a couple of Roseate Spoonbill hanging around at a duck pond in the park, but a bit further away from to photograph. Luckily, food brought out during the feeding brought them nearer and at a more convenient angle.
Interesting creatures; would like to capture them in the wild.
San Diego Wild Animal Park.