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Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/40.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-10 8:19
Viewed: 4680
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Commonly known as cuckoo wasps, the Hymenopteran family Chrysididae is a very large cosmopolitan group (over 3000 described species) of parasitoid or cleptoparasitic wasps, often highly sculptured, with brilliantly colored metallic-like bodies (thus the common names jewel wasp, gold wasp, or emerald wasp are sometimes used). They are most diverse in desert regions of the world, as they are typically associated with solitary bee and wasp species, which are also most diverse in such areas.

Members of the largest subfamily, Chrysidinae, are the most familiar; they are generally cleptoparasites, laying their eggs in host nests, where their larvae consume the host egg or larva while it is still young, then consuming the provisions. Chrysidines are distinguished from the members of other subfamilies in that most can curl into a defensive ball, in a process known as conglobulation. This ability is shared with pill bugs, pill millipedes (which are often mistaken for pill bugs), and armadilloes. Members of the other subfamilies are parasitoids, of either sawflies or walking sticks, and cannot fold up into a ball.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-10 8:24]

Hello neighbour,
Excellent macro in great sharpness and details. Beautiful bright colours against a very nice blurred BG. Excellent POV and compostion.

Hello Haraprasan,

an great macro shot from this beautiful insect.
Good pov, suburp sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


Wow! Quite the beast you have there HP. You caught some good luck with that keen eye. This one looks like it should light up like a Christmas tree at night...it doesn't does it?

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-10 9:13]

Hello Haraprasn,
What a masterpiece! The metallic colours and sharp details you show here are quite amazing! I like the strange grey eye that is sharply in focus. A perfect soft background too and a pretty contrasting colour of the flower. Excellent!

Hello Haraprasan,
All insects of Venezuela, seem to have "equivalent" in India! ... And this picture proves it! ... Wasps in my garden very similar, but I can hardly photographing!. Good work, impressive close-up, a very well-managed approach.
Regards, TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-10 10:21]

Hello Haraprasan.
A very, very nice shot of this cuckoo wasps. DOV is great and from this position you can see all then details very well.Well done and thanks.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-10 10:37]

Hello Haraprasan
Excellent macro work. i like details, colors and composition

Ola Haraprasan

Adorei esta foto. Cores, definição, composição, está tudo perfeito. Uma foto do primeiro escalão, parabéns!


Hello Haraprasan, wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful wasp. TFS and regards,


Hello Haraprasan,
A high quality photo with lovely colours, excellent details, great POV and blurred BG. Well done!

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful details and focus. Perfect shot with great clarity and lovely colours.
Outstanding green background.

Namastay dostum Hara,

Tek kelime ile "muhteşem" bir makro. Ellerine ve emeğine sağlık. Sevgiler, selamlar.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-10 13:20]

Hello Haraprasan,
An excellent close up of this different wasp in great colors,sharpness and details.TFS.

Ciao Haraprasan. Stunnnig details and great light for the metallic colours. Nice compo with superb BG.


woww.. what a super macro here Haraprasan.
Simply perceft!
TFS and kind regards,

Enorme acercamiento y de gran dificultad por el pequeño tamaño y
el siempre constante movimiento de esta especie. Bien captadas las texturas y los brillos.
Buena semana haraprasan: Josep Ignasi.

Dear Haraprasan!

You present us a very beautiful picture of this particular and magnificent insect. The "metallic" look is amazing and stunning! The insect and the flower form a superb couple and together they create a fine contrast. Well seen and well done!

Kind regards


Hello Haraprasan,
Fantastic capture my friend! Very harmonious colours, great sharpness and excellent management of flash light. These cuckoo wasps are so active and you could very well freeze the movement. Have a nice week,

Ciao Haraprasan, beautiful wasp with fantastic metallic colors, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-11 3:38]

Hi Haraprasan,
Very good macro, Cuckoo Wasp ...
Fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful composition with beautiful flower and blurry green BG.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-11 4:11]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very cute your big-eyed Cuckoo wasp. These species are most beautiful, in my country they are mostly bicolor (red and green). Perfect focus on the little creature and a nice blurred background. Well seen.
Kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-11 6:40]

Hi Haraprasan.
I cannot decide what is better – amazing insect on a beautiful flowers or picture of these charming objects. Brilliant image, awesome colours and details. Composition is the best too. Bravo. Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-11 11:46]

Namastay Haraprasan,
A very fine macro of a species of Cuckoo Wasp.
The iridescent colouring, sharpness, DOF and clean contrasting Bg contribute to the high quality of this well-composed image taken while it is feeding on a pink flower.
Nice to view and thanks for delighting us with it.
Kind regards,

hello Haraprasan
great Macro shot with good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 8:18]

Hello Haraprasan,
Absolutely incredible image of a wonderful subject. Your camera work is impeccable here Haraprasan thank you very much for sharing.

Hola Haraprasan

Que perfecta macro, con esos tonos metalizados muy bien tratados, vaya pedazo de ojo que tiene este insecto, es una pasada como se aprecian todos los detalles. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

This is a stunning macro, HP, even by your high standards.
Very nicely framed.
I love the sharpness and the detail!

NAMASTAY, Haraprasan,
Beautiful species; never knew of its existence.
Incredibly outstanding.
Mario with warm regards.

Hellow Haraprasan,
Thanx you tought me something today, it will be interesting to see how many members pick this one up.This macro shot of your wasp is really exceptional with pinsharp subject,perfect exposure and a nice clear BG.Great details and I specifically like the light reflecting of the wasp creating an almost glitter effect.Well done!

Hello Haraprasan,
wonderful macro showing a tiny insect with impressingly rich details and fabulous lustre, perfectly well composed in well supporting, softly contrasting colours.
Thank you! With best regards,


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