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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 11:04
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
There is the autumn all around now, and really this is no my favourite time, so today I would like to present something from much warmer period of the year :>

Bembix rostrata (Linnaeus, 1758) (Hymenoptera: Sphaecidae), one of 16 species from this genus known from Europe and one of some 9000 species belonging to this family. Picture taken in the Spala Landscape Park.

Distribution: great part of Europe, Centaral Asia.

Habitat: warm open areas, usually with sandy ground where it nests under the ground (please note the hole in the sand on the right side of photo!). In such places very often there are many nests of this species (a single female builts several in one time). Vey often it co-occurs with some other members of this family.

Food preference: in adults usually nectar of different flowers, for larvae diffent species of flies (often Syrphidae and Tabanidae). Prey is paralizing by female using her sting and then it is bringing to the nest. The last stadium of larva can eat even 50 flies per day!!!

Size: 15-22mm, one of the biggest Central European Sphaecidae wasps.

Endangered status: in some coutries it is endangered because of habitat declinig.

If you are interested, please feel free to watch also two other Sphaecidae wasp species photographed in this park and presented by me earlier here and here :>

nglen, jrobertop, horia, marcellr, Alex99, izler, marhowie, eqshannon, Jamesp, jignasi, ramthakur, uleko, Argus, MMM, PaulH, red45, JORAPAVI, warnzy, Royaldevon, JoseMiguel, meyerd, haraprasan, Pitoncle, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To meyerd: hello and thank you!cicindela 1 11-01 16:25
To claudine: autumn :)cicindela 1 10-30 12:29
To red45: piaskowa fotografia :)cicindela 1 10-30 05:50
To Argus: genus Bembix in Swedencicindela 1 10-28 14:00
To PaulH: thank you! :)cicindela 1 10-28 12:53
To horia: wasp hause :)cicindela 1 10-28 04:45
To uleko: ground as the tripod?cicindela 1 10-28 03:25
To ramthakur: comments and answerscicindela 1 10-28 03:17
To Alex99: cold colourscicindela 1 10-28 03:12
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-27 11:08]

Hi Radomir. This is a very good close up of the digger wasp. you have captured it with fine detail and sharp fiocusing. good natural colours. with a nice side on POV. well done TDS. good notes too.

Hi Radomir.
I liked this! Splendid macro!
Excellent texture, sharpness and coloration.
Very good composition and POV.
Well done!
José Roberto

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-27 11:44]
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Hi Radek

Another great and very interesting macro from you, my dear frined that doesn't like autumn :)
I fint this species very "cool" - especially having those rather bright eyes...i'm used to much darker colors in the eyes of our insects :)
But i guess that's an element that makes this macro such a nice one.
Also, if i'm right, and that there is its hole, it's very interesting to see it's "house". Usually, even in good macro shots, we don't see that part of the insect world (with maybe the exceptions of spiders...which are usually presented on their web), so that too me counts a lot - not only the insect is important here.
Other than that, the details and textures on the wasp are impeccably clear while the colors are lovely.
I'm also impressed ith your flash work here - it's hardly noticeble. It doesn't have that flare and that look of "too bright" patches - like most picutres do - but i'm sure that we all would have noticed something wrong if you didn't use it (hope you know what i mean) :)
So, overall: a gorgeous image!

Bravo and TFS

Ciao Radomir,
un'immagine perfetta di un imenottero che mi ha sempre affascinato!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-27 12:48]
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Hi Radomir.
We had only hot season this summer. Despite the shot is taken in July the colours are cold and amazing at the same time. I see these colours are firm to your camera. They are always clean and rich. Shot is well composed. Diagonal structure of the image is so attractive. As usual. sharpness and details cannot be better. Great close-up picture. My compliments and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-27 13:23]

selam Radomir
i see wonderful macro photo of this interesting and beautiful species
composition, point of view, colours, sharpness, details, using of flash and note are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-27 15:19]

Hola Radomir,
interesante macro,
buen foco y detalles...
colores naturales
saludos amigo.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-27 16:11]

Hi Radomir

Excellent POV with razor sharp focus. Wonderful!


Excelente enfoque y fidelidad en los colores. Buen encuadre. Bello conjunto y valorable documento.

Un saludo Radomir

Radomir, this image is life-like, as the cliched saying goes.
As a matter of fact, this picture gives one the impression as if one is lying prone on the ground and looking at this wasp from a close distance. I'm sure you must have taken this shot from a similar position.
Thanks for sharing this stunning picture and forgive me for not being able to reciprocate to your kind critiques in a timely manner.
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-28 2:32]
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Hello Radomir,
Yet another excellent insect shot from you from a very low POV. How do you do it - do you lie flat on the ground, do you use a mini tripod?? This is really excellent. I like that big eye and details are very sharp. You've caught it in a very fine pose by its hole. Interesting note too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-28 6:37]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful shot of this digger wasp with sharp details and lovely colours. You have freezed a perfect moment as it approached its den. Great lighting and neat focus. I like your POV to portray it and the fabulous composition. Kudos,.

This is a fine picture by a scientist and photographer. Well noted and endangered yet. You show your interest in the smallest and most vital things which we at times must be reminded. Very good lesson sir.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-28 9:08]
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Hello Radomir,
This is great!
Superb capture of a digger wasp, a species that I have not seen in Sweden.
This macro is of excellent quality and the wasp is nicely posed infront of its hole in a fine composition.
Well done and thanks for sharing this valuable shot,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-10-28 10:11]

Przeoczyłem to wspaniałe makro, okaz, srodowisko, wszystko ekstra.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-28 11:45]

Hello Radomir
Excellent presentation .Good POD and very sharp iamge whit great details.The colors and light are outstanding.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-28 12:42]
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Hi Radomir,
another shot packed with excellent detail and a super low POV! Very striking markings on this Digger Wasp and a perfect neautral backdrop. Your notes are as ever, comprehensive and very educational my freind!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-28 15:08]

Hi Radomir,this time you take a very perfect pic,excellent details and colours,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-29 3:03]
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Czesc Radek!

Kolejne swietne zdjecie i bardzo ciekawy obiekt. Makro bardzo dobre technicznie, szczegolnie oczy robia wielkie wrazenie. Jestes mistrzem 'fotografii piaskowej' :-) Podziwiam i cierpliwosc, i efekty.

Hola Radomir,
Fantástica toma de gran nitidez, donde se aprecian muy bien todos los detalles de esta curiosa avispa. Excelente y muy completa la información que acompañas, saludos
José Ramón

Magnifique, quels détails, tout est tellement naturelle.

Hello Radomir,

Super sharp macro shot, which is what we expect from you - the highest standards. The level of detail again is stunning and the colours very natural. Looking forward to spring!

Kind regards,


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-29 16:05]

selam friend; Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
well done
TFS ridvan

Hi Radomir, splendid wasp with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello radomir,
nice capture of the digger wasp, the total body of the insect is in focus, sharp image, natural colours, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello Radomir,

What a good close-up of this interesting insect! It is a lovely sharp image with excellent details of all the body parts!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for you comments on 'From death comes life'.

Hello Radomir,

Nice details on this macro,what doesn't have been easy , when i see the angle of recording.


How can you don't like autumn? It is my favorite season :)! I have heard about those insects and your post is much interesting as we see it in action. Details are very good and so are composition, exposure and POV. This wasp has the most beautiful eyes I have never seen on a wasp :) Well done!

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2007-10-31 10:45]

Zdravo Radomire!
Boje i oshtrina su odlichne.
Sve najbolje iz Makedonije,

Hi Radomir,
This is a very good macro!
I like the proper focus on the insect and all the details caught on it.
It's textures and colours are displayed so good, specially the big green eye and the light reflected on the wings.
You did a great job with the fill flash.
The frame and presentation gets the best of the subject and the image in general.
My compliments and thanks for post it.
Best regards,

Hello Radomir,
again I'm late in visiting your gallery. That'sn good in a way, so I don't have to tell you any more why your picture has turned out so well :-) ! I recognize the sand from your other pictures. I want to stress the point that you present such interesting insects I have rarely ever seen. And your notes are already legendary, they add to the quality of the picture. By the way, your Photo Info menu yields completely strange values. Thanks for this top quality picture.
best regards

Oh !!! What a strange wasp, totaly unknow for me
Very nice shot with wonderfull natural colors, perfect focus and good point of view,
well done Radomir,
cheer and thanks for sharing

Very good sharpness, DOF, and detail Radomir.
I like this composition that shows the burrow ahead too :)

hi radomir,

great macro!!!magnific details and colors!


Hello Radomir,

A very beautiful, clear and sharp shot of this insect. Excellent POV and DOF! TFS.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-12-02 15:00]

Hello Radomir,
Great picture of this wasp.
Great color, lighting and sharpness.


Hi Radomir,
A nice and clear capture of this digger wasp. I have no idea if these are found here or i have ever seen this thing for real. But it is a beautiful one provided that it is non-venomous and unaggressive. Very nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Radomir,
Je découvre ta galerie à l'occasion de ta visite sur la mienne. Tes publications sont à l'opposée des miennes car pour l'instant les insectes me sont beaucoup trop difficiles à photographier et surtout à répertorier !!!
Je ne peux que reconnaître la qualité de cette macro par la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Radek,
An awesome macro capture of this wasp which i did not see before with excellent clarity and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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