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Unknown wasp - My 1st

Unknown wasp - My 1st
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Copyright: Rehanna Fourie (Rehanna) Gold Star Critiquer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 3] (18)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-30 18:24
Viewed: 4871
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I really don't have the faintest idea about the ID for this insect. Maybe in the family of Pollen Wasps, but that is as close as I can get. Any help is welcome.

I've photographed this 'wasp' in my garden, while it was feasting on the pollen of this little yellowish flower with the purple edges. Looking at the serrated (toothed) margins of the petals it actually reminded me of a Dandelion.

Please feel free to criticize. Any advice will be appreciated.

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hello rehana,
welcome to treknature, for a first post this is a beautiful image of the insect with the flower, i liked the composition and the pov, beautiful colors, sorry i dont have any idea about the id of the insect,
keep shooting and keep sharing,
tfs & regards

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-30 21:20]

Hi Rehanna,
Welcome to TN.
Fantastic capture here.The colours are wonderful and well saturated.The flower on focus with its blue tips compliment the very colour of the wasp, which is in sharp focus.

I am afraid i have idea about the ID of this bee.The wasp i see not only has blue wings but also a blue head.I have n'ver come across one of this kind.

Look forward to more of your posts.
Thanks for sharing


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-30 22:20]

hi rahana,
welcome to TN. good capture of the bee with elegant composition and details. tfs.

Hi Rehanna,

A very warm welcome to T.N, I canít help you with the I.D, but you've captured a beautiful image, wonderful colours and detail, pin sharp, really well framed and composed, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Rehanna
Welcome to TN.
I'm not 100%, but it looks like it might be some kind of 'Mammoth Wasp' (also known as 'Flower Wasp') or related species (genus Scolia/Megascolia). I saw two similar looking species in Crete earlier this year.
Kind Regards

Hi Rehana,

Welkom by TN en ek is bly jy het nou ingeskryf. Good detail on the wasp even showing the grains of pollen on it. Nice out of focus background. It would have been a nice added bonus to have the flower at the back in focus as well but there does not seem to be enough light to go up to F16 or F22.



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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-10-01 10:00]

Hello Rehanna
it's a splendid shot, fantastic colors, great capture with fine details and sharpness. beautiful contrast on a soft background with an optimal focusing on the insect.

Hallo Rehanna
Baie welkom by Trek Nature. As ek kyk na jou 1ste plasing kan ek nie verstaan hoekom jy nie al lankal foto's geplaas het nie. Dit is 'n besonderse mooi toneel met pragtige kleure en wat ek sou noem "'n Pragtige prentjie" maar ek het gehoor hul sÍ mens noem nie 'n foto 'n prentjie nie. Ek hou besonder van die stuifmeel op die blom en so ook die fyn pers strepies op die rande van die blommetjies. Jy hoef regtig nie terug te staan met jou ander fotos nie. Ek wag om nog te sien.
Vriendelike groete
ps. Loot en ek vertrek eersdaags Kruger Wildtuin toe met vakansie. Ek kan nie meer wag nie, want dit sal my eerste groot fotografiese geleentheid wees, vandat ek begin fotos neem het in Desember 2007.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-12-25 8:36]
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Hi Rehanna

Somehow I thought I critiqued this posting a long time ago, but to my horror I just discovered it was not so. It happened a couple of times that I critiqued a photo and then exited the page too soon before the site have completely updated the page with the disastrous effect that the critique actually disappeared. Sorry for that.

Of course I was very happy when I saw your 1st posting and I couldn't understand why you didn't do so a long time ago. There is nothing wrong with this photo apart that perhaps you could have applied a slightly wider DOF. However, the details show sufficient sharpness, the colours are rich and pleasant, the composition made good use of space and placement, and the activity of the insect is clearly captured. Unfortunately I am not sure about the ID. Could be one of the thick bodied wasps "Tricarinodynerus guerinii", but I'm really not sure as it could also be one of the "Driver Ants - Dorylus sp". Possibly the wasp is a closer probability. You are very correct about the flower though. It does look like or at least resemble a very pale Dandelion.

Anyway, although it is a very belated attempt, I welcome you to the site as a full member and I hope we will still see many postings in the future. That said though, I am concerned as I wonder what has happened to you lately. We have not seen you around for quite some time and I hope everything is in order. Please give us some reply to ease our minds as I know Anna had sent you an e-mail, but we've had no response yet.

Well done and TFS.

PS. It is more important that I want to thank you for the wonderful unselfish friendship you extended to me (and to Anna) this past 2008. Also, I want to wish you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. May this Christ-fest and the imminent 2009 bring you everything that is beautiful and admirable, provide all your needs with blissful abundance, present you with that which is edifying and inspiring, grant you blessed peace and harmony, and bestow upon you a myriad of worthwhile pleasures and breathtaking moments with close friends and dear family.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-25 8:48]

o my god ... what a interesting species. i hope next time when you shoot this you will have better equipment (dslr+macro lens)

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