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Podalonia hirsuta

Podalonia hirsuta
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-08-10 11:34
Viewed: 923
Points: 10
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Podalonia hirsuta (Scopoli 1758)
Hymenoptra: Vespidae

Podalonia hirsuta is a species of Digger Wasp.
This species inhabits sandy habitats such as heathlands. This species is unusual amongst digger wasps, in that it catches it's prey before it excavates it's nest.When they find their victim they inject it with a paralysing spray before carrying it to their burrow. It is thought the prey is merely paralised, not dead, and so does not decompose, providing a food source for the larvae that later hatch from the wasp’s eggs laid in the nest.

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Ciao Nikos, great macro of interesting wasp on beautiful flower, loveely blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-08-10 23:40]

Hello Nikos,
nice capture wasp,nice details,thanks and regards..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-11 1:53]

Hello Nikos,
Very good picture of this wasp , the diffused BG, colors and the details on the insect are superb! Great picture.Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-11 5:08]

Hi Nikos,very good capture of this wasp,bright colors and fine details in an excellent composition too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nikos,
Well captured this Digger Wasp. I like its composition; although little bit tight crop(from left side) would give you more detail photograph. I think you captured this picture without using tripod and Wasp looks little bit soft due to unsteady hand. It's natural....it's difficult when it's 1/200. So in such situation I use ISO more high till I get 1/400 or 1/500. I know this Wasp moves very fast and never sit long time. Nikon D5200 doesn't give noise at all...... and if you get noise, you can easily remove it through any Noise Reduction tools.
Thanks for sharing,

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