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Vespa Tropica

Vespa Tropica
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Copyright: mahesh patil (maheshpatil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 33 N: 227] (1237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-28 7:24
Viewed: 6938
Points: 22
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Last month i was having walk in mango trees garden in backyard.There I found something buzzing past my ears. I checked near by area and i found a nest of these Wasp in a trunk of a tree. The was of cocnut tree which was cut some years back and was left alone there. These wasp have created a nest there. I tried to invstigate there but could not see much as very little light was reaching coz of mango trees.And it was also dangerous to go near as their sting is so painfull and harmfull. So i sit at around 4-5ft away with my cam and tried to capture some pics. I used whole of 12X zoom and flash. but it was really difficult to capture these as they were busy flying in and out. I managed to get some snaps. Most of them have fluterring wings. This onehas still wings so i am posting this one. I know this is not a quality image.Still i want to post it.I almost spent 2 hrs to find out its species.At last I found it. Its Vespa tropica. But not much information is avalible on these wasp.

Head, thorax and gaster with erected stiff hairs from each punctures. Head as wide as thorax, dark brown or brownish red; compound eyes kidney-liked with three ocelli; antennae dark brown and last segment pale brown; clypeus black or brownish red with black margin posteriorly, many punctures on the clypeus actually coarse and strong, posterior side of clypeus with blunt triangular lobes; mandibles dark brown to black. Pronotum, mesonotum and propodeum dark brown to black, propodeum usually smooth and impunctate, the median groove short and deep at base, barely continued to the apex of the propodeum. Legs dark brown or black, reddish brown towards the tarsi. Wings dark fuscous and pale brown along their apical margins; tegulae dark brown. Gaster usually dark brown to black; the second segment bright yellow or yellow orange.

This species is a subterranean wasp. Adults are medium to large sized, dark brown to black and yellowish orange marked on the gaster. This species is very similar to Vespa affinis, but easily distinguished from the latter by bright yellow or yellow orange at the second gastral segment.

Phylum: Uniramia
Superclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: -
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Vespidae

Picture Info:
Focal Length:72 mm
35mm Equvivalent:454 mm
Exposure:1/500 s

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Hi Mahesh,
it's a nice close-up wiht good details and DOF.
Thd POV and compo are also good. Pity about the bright spot in the BG, it's a bit distracting but nothing to about.
Well done.

Happy New Year.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1081 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-28 8:51]

Hello Mahesh,
you show this wasp from a superb point of view. Well focused and pretty good sharpness. The strong light is well managed.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-12-28 9:49]

Hello Mahesh,
I think your efforts you describe were really worth it as you managed to produce this shot showing great details. Good focus on the head and a nice composition. I like the warm colour of the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Mahesh,

The picture is excellent, more so considering that this was taken with Powershot. The wings have great details. Try leaving some space around.

Murali Santhanam

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-28 12:13]

Bonne macro,l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les couleurs et la netteté.

Merci et Bonne Anné!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-28 13:49]
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Hello Mahash , A Great macro shot , Good compositie details pov light sharpnes colours bg and framinf Greetings Teunie ,And Happy New Year .

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2006-12-29 7:22]

Hi Mahesh,
Lovely macro shot with good details and sharp colours and excellent sharpness. The cropped wings could have been saved though.

Hi Mahesh
Superbe photo,j'aime bien l'éclairage particulier et les détails.Félicitation pour la composition générale et la qualité d'image.
Merci et au revoir ...JP
Joyeuses Fêtes et bonne année 2007

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2006-12-29 15:24]

a wonderful close up shot containing some great detail, what a wonderfuly coloured bug,
i wish i had the chance of capturing a shot of one of these.
nice work

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-29 17:57]

Luminosa y colorida macro Mahesh con agudeza y buen foco, gracias al apropiado DOF que generó además la difusión del fondo.
Me gusta el encuadre excepto por lo ajustado del margen superior, demasiado cerca del ala.
Excelente presentación con una instructiva nota complementaria... gracias por compartirla.
Namaskar... Ricardo

Luminous and colorful macro Mahesh with sharpness and good focus, due to appropriate DOF that also generated the diffusion of the bottom.
I like the framing except for that adjusted of the superior margin, too much near the wing.
Excellent presentation with a instructive complementary note... thank you for sharing.
Namaskar... Ricardo

magic profile and super use of flash which appears as sunlight
good cam that S2 and i can see its benefits here in the super sharpness and macro facility

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