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Copyright: Vignesh Ganesan (mickey) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 68] (324)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 1:41
Viewed: 2919
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello All,

I was missing in TN for a long period of time. Mainly due to my exam and second due to laziness. Now I will try to spend more time. Thank you all again.

I was shooting with my father and we were chasing beetles and butterflies. Suddenly we noticed that these wasp were busy trying to build their house. Though I could not reach fully to the location but tried my level to shoot. Your all critics are welcome for the sake of my learning.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera

Social Production

Wasps do not reproduce via mating flights like bees. Instead social wasps reproduce between a fertile queen and male wasp; in some cases queens may be fertilized by the sperm of several males. After successfully mating, the male's sperm cells are stored in a tightly packed ball inside the queen. The sperm cells are kept stored in a dormant state until they are needed the following spring. At a certain time of the year (often around autumn), the bulk of the wasp colony dies away, leaving only the young mated queens alive. During this time they leave the nest and find a suitable area to hibernate for the winter.

First stage
After emerging from hibernation during early spring, the young queens search for a suitable nesting site. Upon finding an area for their future colony, the queen constructs a basic paper fiber nest roughly the size of a walnut into which she will begin to lay eggs.

Second stage
The sperm that was stored earlier and kept dormant over winter is now used to fertilize the eggs being laid. The storage of sperm inside the female queen allows her to lay a considerable number of fertilized eggs without the need for repeated mating with a male wasp. For this reason a single female queen is capable of building an entire colony from only herself. The queen initially raises the first several sets of wasp eggs until enough sterile female workers exist to maintain the offspring without her assistance. All of the eggs produced at this time are sterile female workers who will begin to construct a more elaborate nest around their queen as they grow in number.

Third stage
European paper wasp (Polistes dominulus) evaporating water from a regurgitated droplet to cool itselfBy this time the nest size has expanded considerably and now numbers between several hundred and several thousand wasps. Towards the end of the summer, the queen begins to run out of stored sperm to fertilize more eggs. These eggs develop into fertile males and fertile female queens. The male drones then fly out of the nest and find a mate thus perpetuating the wasp reproductive cycle. In most species of social wasp the young queens mate in the vicinity of their home nest and do not travel like their male counterparts do. The young queens will then leave the colony to hibernate for the winter once the other worker wasps and founder queen have started to die off. After successfully mating with a young queen, the male drones die off as well. Generally, young queens and drones from the same nest do not mate with each other; this ensures more genetic variation within wasp populations, especially considering that all members of the colony are theoretically the direct genetic descendants of the founder queen and a single male drone. In practice, however, colonies can sometimes consist of the offspring of several male drones. Wasp queens generally (but not always) create new nests each year, probably because the weak construction of most nests render them uninhabitable after the winter.

Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 180/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-07-12 15:59
Metering Mode: Partial
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 218 kb

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  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-13 1:52]

Hi Vignesh!
Great macro of this wasp and its home.
It must have taken the wasp a long time to build it!
Well composed with a great POV.
Good sharpness and detail.
Superb BG.

Well done!


:) Hi My L'il Cousin Vignesh,
What a marvelous macro shot of these wild hymenopteran species -I think Polistes- and their beautiful nests resembling grapes:P. Your shot is excellent in all around. Well done Vignesh! Take care!


Hi Vignesh,
How are you, son?
Hope you did very well in your exams the way you have done in taking this marvellous picture of wasps building their nest from an exceptionally original point of view.
Those cup-shaped segments they are building would house their larvae, I suppose.
The picture is brilliant in concept and execution, presenting wonderful colours and details.
Finally, thanks for writing your CRITIQUE (not 'critic'; a critic is a person who writes 'critiques' on other people's creative work in any form) on my clouds picture.
Also thanks for sharing your excellent picture.

hello vignesh,
nice capture, the pov is good and the composition is pleasine, its a good news that you will be having more time for TN for some time.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-13 2:18]

Hello Vignesh,
Nice shot and you found the location of their sweet home. Nice view and always keep looking for nature. Ganesh

Hey Moné,
Nice to see you back!
I love the beautiful house they're building for their children!
And you sederve an "outstanding", with a lot many stars for this wonderful shot!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 19:46]

Hi young man Vignesh,
Just marking this wonderful shot, I will be back with a proper critique.

  • Great 
  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-13 22:49]

Hi Vignesh!

Lovely capture of this Wasps and nests. Composition, color and DOF are great.
Thanks for sharing and best wishes for your exam results.


Nicely composed with beautiful colours.

Dear Vignesh
A very interesting observation and informative notes.
The details of the stages are well explained, and I add your work to my theme animals' sex life"

How often did you get stung? Here in South Africa they are very aggressive.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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