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Thick-lipped Lady

Thick-lipped Lady
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-01 5:31
Viewed: 3053
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While I was photographing some burnet moths I saw several of these large wasps flying over a bare sandy area.

Sand Wasp, Bembix rostrata

Swedish name: Läppstekel, meaning 'lip wasp'. This refers to the thickened lower part of the labrum on the face that looks like a thick lip. Under this lip-like protrusion is a pair of jaws.

The WORKSHOP shows a dorsal POV. this species is about 2cm long. Though this has better overall sharpness, I think the main image is more interesting.

This is a female that landed on the loose sand where she probably has dug or shall dig a hole about 10 cm deep with a chamber at the end. Females have spiky legs that they use for digging.
She lays an egg in the chamber and the larvae is fed by caught flies that will be larger as it grows until flies such as horseflies are caught and fed to it.

There were a dozen others flying with her and they nest in colonies in areas sheltered from the wind. They fly fast and low to land suddenly. So I had the camera set up on my cheap tripod waiting for one to come in range.

There are over 350 species of Sand Wasp around the world, all in this family. It is red-listed in Sweden and it is not common in Europe. The species has become rare due to the loss of open warm sandy areas.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). I needed a high shutterspeed as she was constanly moving with rapid jerky movements.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Ciao Ivan, my today neighbour, great macro of lovely wasp with fgantastic green eyes, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

An outstanding capture of this incredible beautiful Sand Wasp, Ivan! Truly awesome level of detail on the focus area. I like the pleasant brightness/contrast ration here, the yellow colors which represent the highlights are well captured and the composition seems quite pleasant too! Bravo Ivan, for me this is a great capture!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
A very good close up of this Sand Wasp, Very well focused with sharp details, the fine hairs on it's body are even visible, Wonderful lighting and colours, The shot is well composed in diagonal directions,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hi Ivan,

Well what a magnificent image of the Sand Wasp, splendid exposure control to compliment these wonderful colours, absolute sharpness here with so much detail, the workshop version is also highly commendable, fabulous work Ivan and well done,
Best regards,


Ciao Ivan. Excellent DOF brilliant colours and very good details. Vert well done.


Hello Ivan, great foreground for this wasp. perfect light and the image. All the best, Paul

Fantastic macro Ivan! The subject, the composition, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

Hallo Ivan,
what a fantastic macro shot of the Sand Wasp taken from an aggressive frontal point of view with impressive details and marvellous brilliant colours, a superb visual impact
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ivan,
A very nice capture with fantastic clarity and superb eye contact.
Impressive details and great capture.
Outstanding clarity and composition.

Hello Ivan!
Great macro showing this wasp with so many good details.The eyes are very impressive! Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

Hello Ivan,
wonderful low depth of field with a perfect focus on the head of the wasp with many details. Good light and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

This sounds like an extraordinary insect to take care of its young like that. I have not seen a species like this in my country.
Extraordinary fly-like eyes!
Excellent photo, thanks. regards yiannis

Hi Ivan,
very nice photo of this specie. Very good point of view and depht of field. Great sharpness and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
Very well captured in great quality and especially well done in view of the endangered status of this beautiful insect. And an interesting note as well. Best wishes.

Hallo Ivan
You really have some stunning images in your gallery, this Sand wasp being one of them. Wow, if this is not perfect photography then I do not know what is. The bright colours is really gorgeous, the focus on the dot, the composition to my liking and everything else just so pretty. This is indeed a spectacular macro. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-07-01 10:41]

Great macro, Ivan!
Sharp details on that little monster. He looks mean.
The colors are so vivid for a wasp. An uncommon species.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-01 10:51]
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Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful wasp. Great sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. Excellent DOF, POV and diagonal composition.
After 40 years this was my last working day. (and made my tv debut). Now I got really time to photograph.

Hello Ivan. Interesting to see wasps crawling on sandy beach as we don't get to see that often here in Malaysia. What is interesting is the name too. You capture is brilliant and 300mm with the converted kept you at a very good distance. The focus is tack sharp stopping down to f8 leaving most of the important element in very nice vivid details. Brilliantly composed and thanks for sharing.

fantastci wasp closeup, TFS Ori

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful macro shot captured with lovely colours. The details, focus, POV and DOF here are perfect. Well done!

hello Ivan
I like this picture of this BEAUTY wasp
Great details and special the colours are beautiful
Thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,

Great shots of this beautiful wasp
Excellent colors and composition
Perfect sharpness and great details

TFS Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-01 15:14]

Hi Ivan,a very nice and interesting specie.What a POV and what a eyes,a magnificent macro and a top quality pic..as usual.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hi Ivan friend,
Nice wasp, and shoted with excellent focus, is impressive how you can do this shots with un tele and a converter!... Congratualtions!... Mi hat is down MF!... (A expression used by us in Venezuela in order to express admiration) :)
Regards, TFS, Happy WE!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-01 18:37]

Very interesting species with fine colors, good and useful notes, here you have captured the 'lip' of the wasp perfectly, the WS image to is good. tfs.

Hi Ivan,

this Bembix shot certainly draws attention. What an unusual, strange sight. Excellent shot. Thanks for the presentation and for the interesting note that accompanies it.

Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-02 3:07]

Hi Ivan,
the name itself is so special!
Very nice view of its contrast background on the sand. The stripes and other details are well shown and it is such a special wasp to me.
the depth of field really gives an effective view.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-07-02 23:08]

Beautiful specimen, Ivan. It's really nice to see species new to one on TN.

Excellent rendition both in the main pic and in the WS.

Enjoy your Sunday,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-03 5:00]

Bonjour Ivan,
A very interesting contribution to TN. These Bembix Wasps are impressive, I have seen some in our mountain region too. Both images are well taken, nice to have a dorsal view too. The color-combination grey/yellow is very pleasant. Amazing to read that they feed even on Horse-flies!
Un grand merci
Bon dimanche ŕ vous deux

Hello Ivan

WOW ! great macro shot(s) of this insect,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Bella y rara especiede avispa que capturaste magistralmente.
Muy buena luz y respeto al color. Interesante y efectivo
ángulo de disparo.
Saludos Ivan: J. Ignasi.

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