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European paper Wasp

European paper Wasp
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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: 2009-04-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-29 1:03
Viewed: 4256
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor ant. The suborder Symphyta, known commonly as sawflies, differ from members of Apocrita by having a broader connection between the mesosoma and metasoma. In addition to this, Symphyta larvae are mostly herbivorous and "caterpillarlike", whereas those of Apocrita are largely predatory or "parasitic" (technically known as parasitoid).

The most familiar wasps belong to Aculeata, a division of Apocrita, whose ovipositors are adapted into a venomous stinger, though a great many species do not sting. Aculeata also contains ants and bees, and many wasps are commonly mistaken for bees, and vice-versa. In a similar respect, insects called "velvet ants" (the family Mutillidae) are technically wasps.

A much narrower and simpler but popular definition of the term wasp is any member of the aculeate family Vespidae, which includes (among others) the genera known in North America as yellowjackets (Vespula and Dolichovespula) and hornets (Vespa); in many countries outside of the Western Hemisphere, the vernacular usage of wasp is even further restricted to apply strictly to yellowjackets (e.g., the "common wasp").

[edit] Categorization
The various species of wasp fall into one of two main categories: solitary wasps and social wasps. Adult solitary wasps generally live and operate alone, and most do not construct nests (below); all adult solitary wasps are fertile. By contrast, social wasps exist in colonies numbering up to several thousand strong and build nests—but in some cases not all of the colony can reproduce. In the more advanced species, just the wasp queen and male wasps can mate, whilst the majority of the colony is made up of sterile female workers.

[edit] Characteristics

The basic morphology of a female Yellowjacket waspThe following characteristics are present in most wasps:

two pairs of wings (except wingless or brachypterous forms in all female Mutillidae, Bradynobaenidae, many male Agaonidae, many female Ichneumonidae, Braconidae, Tiphiidae, Scelionidae, Rhopalosomatidae, Eupelmidae, and various other families).
An ovipositor, or stinger (which is only present in females because it derives from the ovipositor, a female sex organ).
Few or no thickened hairs (in contrast to bees); except Mutillidae, Bradynobaenidae, Scoliidae.
Nearly all wasps are terrestrial; only a few specialized parasitic groups are aquatic.
Predators or parasitoids, mostly on other terrestrial insects; most species of Pompilidae (e.g. tarantula hawks), specialize in using spiders as prey, and various parasitic wasps use spiders or other arachnids as reproductive hosts.
Wasps are critically important in natural biocontrol. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that is a predator or parasite upon it. Parasitic wasps are also increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they have little impact on crops. Wasps also constitute an important part of the food chain.


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Hello Siegfried,

Nice capture of the paper wasp with good details and colours, had posted potter wasp earlier, looks similar but yellow colour is less on this one.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-29 1:43]

Hallo Siegfried,
Beautiful capture of this wasp.It's sharp,clear and well detailed image.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Siegfried !
Excellent close-up on this beautiful wasp ! I like her colors, yellow and black, they ae amazing. I also like the pose in which you have captured this one, eating on the wood. Excellent details, nice composition and POV, natural colors. Very well done !

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-29 3:19]

Hi Siegfried,
European Hornet is...
Beautiful macro shot of Vespa,
Excellent DOF and beuatiful colours.
Have a nice day,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-04-29 4:03]

Hello Siegfried,
your picture impressively shows the strong body and legs of the insect
due to the amazing magnification and sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-29 5:31]

Nice capture with good details and natural colors.

hello Siegfried
great shot with good details
beautiful light with great colours

PS. he is eating the wood and make there a nest from the pulp

greeting lou

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-29 9:25]

Merhaba Siegfried,
Çok güzel bir makro, renkler ve netlik çok nefis olmuş. Tebrikler.

Hello Siegfried,
beautiful macro shot of this Wasp taken with good sharpness and splendid colours, very good selective focus, nice composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-29 15:05]

Hi Siggi,this a fantastic macro,this very interesting wasp was taken perfectly! What a impressives details and colors!My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-29 16:40]

Hi Siggi,

You are brave! I would never intentionally get this close to a Wasp. You certainly got a wonderful shot of him at a great moment with the wings raised and the head down. Fantastic colors and details of the entire insect - body, head, eye, wings and legs.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-29 17:20]

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent macro portraying this colorful Wasp. Well focused and
well composed image.. Well done


Bro, This is an awesome macro of this wasp!I do wonder how you achieve this kinda depth and clarity.

European, American, Bob, OUCH! They chase me...I poisoned a nest 2 days ago with some obnoxious chemical..it is something I normally do not do but they got under my windowsill and I am allergic VERY badly to this particular kind! At least you show what it looks like for those lucky ones who may not have them:-)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-04-30 12:30]

Hello Siegfried
Nice shot with good aspects
The colors and details are excellent
The composition is wonderful
Well done

Ciao Siggi, great macro of beautiful wasp, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this beautiful wasp. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nice macro shot, Siegfried. Good focus, lovely
details and beautiful colors. Congratulations!


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