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Wasp germanica


Wasp germanica
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-10
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-11 1:48
Viewed: 1105
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. This means that wasps are paraphyletic with respect to bees and ants, and that all three groups are descended from a common ancestor; the Apocrita form a clade.

The most commonly known wasps such as yellow jackets and hornets are in the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex determination in Hymenoptera, as it makes sisters exceptionally closely related to each other. However, the majority of wasp species are solitary, with each adult female living and breeding independently. Many of the solitary wasps are parasitoidal, meaning that they raise their young by laying eggs on or in the larvae of other insects. The wasp larvae eat the host larvae, eventually killing them. Solitary wasps parasitize almost every pest insect, making wasps valuable in horticulture for biological pest control of species such as whitefly in tomatoes and other crops.

Wasps first appeared in the fossil record in the Jurassic, and diversified into many surviving superfamilies by the Cretaceous. They are a successful and diverse group of insects with tens of thousands of described species; wasps have spread to all parts of the world except for the polar regions. The largest social wasp is the Asian giant hornet, at up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in) in length; among the largest solitary wasps is the giant scoliid of Indonesia, Megascolia procer. The smallest wasps are solitary chalcid wasps in the family Trichogrammatidae, some of which are just 0.2 millimetres (0.008 in) in length.

Wasps play many ecological roles. Some are predators, whether to feed themselves or to provision their nests. Many, notably the cuckoo wasps, are kleptoparasites, laying eggs in the nests of other wasps. With their powerful stings and conspicuous warning coloration, often in black and yellow, wasps are frequent models for Batesian mimicry by non-stinging insects, and are themselves involved in mutually beneficial Müllerian mimicry of other distasteful insects including bees and other wasps. Wasps have appeared in literature from Classical times, as the eponymous chorus of old men in Aristophanes' 422 BC comedy Σφῆκες (Sphēkes), The Wasps, and in science fiction from H. G. Wells's 1904 novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, featuring giant wasps with three-inch-long stings. The name "Wasp" has been used for many warships and other military equipment.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65295)
  • [2015-10-11 2:45]

Hi Siggi,very nice perspective to create this good face to face with this wasp.The best DOF to show us the best eyes details,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hallo Siegfried
very nice potret of this wasp
good details and lovely colours

this is not Germanica have 3 spots on the head
Vespula vulgaris on the picture of you

gr lou

An excellent macro of the face of this Wasp, Siegfried.
The composition is outstanding.
Thanks for sharing this fabulous shot.
Ram

Hello Siegfried,

Excellent POV. I like the way it's looking at you. Nice BG and great details.
Thanks for showing,
Best wishes,
Srikumar

Hi Siegfried,
a perfect macroshot of a very common wasp. Well done,
thanks pierre

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic wasp, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-11 18:28]

Hello Siggi,
Brilliant macro showing excellent detail, especially of the facial area. Colors are vivid and natural and I love the vertical composition. The contrasting black and yellow colors of the wasp are lovely. Greal work!!
Ron

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