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The Hummingbird Clear-wing (Hemaris thysbe) is a very active moth of the daylight hours. I believe that this is the first one I have ever seen holding still. This one is at rest on a Spicebush leaf. It was pretty dark outside and I almost didn't bother trying to get a photo. I shot this at ISO 800; handheld at 5.6. I was surprised and pleased with the results; after some noise reduction. When in doubt; go ahead and take the shot. It will only cost you a little time and you may get something good.