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Mammoth wasp

Mammoth wasp
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Copyright: Jiri Kubosek (iti) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E620, Olympus Zuiko 35mm Macro F3.5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-07 10:27
Viewed: 1852
Points: 30
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The mammoth wasp, Megascolia maculata flavifrons, is a very large wasp (the largest in Europe), with the female reaching up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in), whereas the male is smaller. The species can be seen in warm weather, from May to September.This species feeds on flower nectar.The female is larger than the male. The female's head is yellow or orange, whereas the male's head is black or dark coloured.Mammoth wasps are parasitic of the European rhinoceros beetle larva, since the female mammoth wasp stings the larva to paralyze it, and then lays one egg in its outer skin. The egg will then hatch and the mammoth wasp larva will feed on its host, until it is able to build a cocoon and develop into an adult mammoth wasp. It will stay in the cocoon over winter, and will emerge only in spring.

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Hello Jiri,
Nice macro of this Wasp.Colour and sharpness are splendid.Like its POV with Good light.Well composition,
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-11-07 11:15]

Hello Jiri.
Excellent image of sharpness and clarity. The composition and colours are perfect and the background compliments a wonderful shot.Well done. Regards Siggi

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

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-07 12:57]

Hello Jiri,
Great saturated colours in this close macro in wonderful sharpness and details. Beautiful light and blurred background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-07 15:11]

Hi Jiri,great macro of this big wasp,the details and colors are really good,excellent pic despite the difficult location,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Jiri
照的清晰 很漂亮的蜂
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇 整體非常的細緻
光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂 謝謝分享

Hello Jiri,
Superb macro and fantastic light make this very attractive,
little bit tight framing.
Sharpness and colour is superb.
best wishes,

Ahoj Jiri,
excellent macro shot. Perfect point of view. A lot of details. Nice natural colours.
Have a nice day,

Impressive wasp and impressive photo Jiri! Interesting composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Jiri, I too shot a rather large black Wasp recently though the one you have shot and posted today is really a giant in size.
Excellent macro from dorsal point of view. The yellow spots on the dark abdomen look fascinating.
The focus is evenly sharp on the entire subject and the composition with the blue sky in the background looks beautiful.
Thanks and regards.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-11-07 23:54]

Hello Jiri,
beautiful capture this mammoth wasp,thanks..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-08 4:46]

Hello Jiri,
Very well taken picture of this large wasp-species. I remember having seen them too in Spain, but I was not sure if they were wasps. Very strong color-contrast, makes the shot very striking. Perfect sharpness and well chosen vertical framing too.

hallo Jiri
very good macro with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-11-08 10:05]

Very nice macro of this big one Jiri. Excellent work controling the white and black color plus the movement of the was. Very good composition. Congratulation. Saludos.

Hi Jiri,
Wonderfull macro. well done

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