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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 14:17
Viewed: 3705
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps, reaching up to 45 millimetres (1.8 inches) in length. The true hornets make up the genus Vespa, and are distinguished from other vespines by the width of the vertex (part of the head behind the eyes), which is proportionally larger in Vespa; and by the anteriorly rounded gasters (the section of the abdomen behind the wasp waist). See wasp and bee characteristics to help identify an insect.

Hornets are not harmless, however, and the hornet sting toxicity varies greatly by hornet species - from a typical sting, to among the most venomous known insects[1] Allergic reactions can occur, these may result in death depending on the severity.

European hornet sting

* in itself is not fatal (for those without an allergy).
* multiple stings (several hundred) may be fatal due to the amount of venom (similar to wasps and bees).[citation needed]
* is similar to a wasp's.
* is less toxic than a bee sting.

Actions to avoid

* Disturbing a nest (including vibrations and loud noises)
* Being within a few meters or yards of a nest
* Disturbing or killing a hornet within a few meters of a nest
* Blocking the path of a hornet
* Breathing on the nest or hornet
* Rapid air movements
* Never pour gasoline or petroleum down a nest hole. This is extremely hazardous and environmentally unsound.

Thanks for your time.

ridvan, cedryk, joey, lgfoto, cicindela, JoseMiguel, TAZ, momos has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • sejo (4)
  • [2007-04-17 14:19]

great picture, very good detail!
I love the way you can see each tiny detail of the hornet.
Also good information in the note.

great pic!!!

wow in your face shot or what super detail one does not always get to see.

  • Great 
  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-17 14:38]

Hİ NİKOS; very nice close up macro nice colours and details with nice BG good sharpness
well done TFS
Best regards

Great photo. Nice detail. I like how the tiny hooks on the front legs can be seen.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-17 15:01]

Hello Nikos,
Very nice portrait with great details and nice uniform background. I like it a lot.
Best greetings and TFS!

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-17 16:19]

What a menacing creature!
Great POV and DOF with superb detail.
Well done,

  • Great 
  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-17 17:21]

Nice sharp details of this macro Nikos. Good POV and composition TFS.

Hello Nikos!
Very nice portrait of Vespa crabro :) Good details, POV and colouration of picture. Another plus for the note :)
Greetings from Poland,

Hi Nikos,
Magnificent portrait of this wasp!
I like so much your POV and close approach to get this pose on the insect.
Details got on the head are so sharp and clear, really imppresive!.
I like so much also the composition made and the light colour of the background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-18 2:16]

Hello Nikos,
Wow ! Great and impressive portrait !
The "+++" : subject, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : for composition perhaps less space on the left and more on the right side...
Congratulations and TFS.

Hello Nikos,
This is a fine portrait and an awesome close-up!
Details are amazing, and the colours captured are clear and natural...
Well composed presentation, dynamic!
Pablo -

Hej Nikos,
It's great to see some postings from you again.
en mycket fin macro-bild med god skärpa.
Fina färger, bra bildvinkel och fint skärpedjup.
Bra gjort.

Ρε Νίκο αυτό σαν λίγο κατεψυγμένο μου φαίνεται....! :lol:

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