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Collecting wood

Collecting wood
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Garden safari 2007 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-27 8:04
Viewed: 4545
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today another upload out of our garden,a wasp collecting wood,for the construction of a nest.

Social Wasps Vespinae

The Social Wasps are also known as Paper Wasps, because they construct their nest out of a kind of paper they produce themselves by chewing on wood. For Britain this works fine, but in most of the world there is a second subfamily living socially, the so-called Field Wasps (Polistinae). And the members of this family also produce paper to construct the nest. And to add to the confusion: Americans have yet another definition of Paper Wasp. All Social Wasps build nests in which a few hundred up to many thousands animals live together. Such a colony is founded by a single queen in spring. She makes a little nest and lays a few eggs. When those hatch, she has to get food for the larvae. But after pupation the young take over these tasks: they hunt and keep on constructing the nest. The queen is only there to lay eggs. All these kids are unfertile females, which we call workers. Once the nest is full grown some eggs get extra attention and food. The wasps coming out of these cells are bigger and maybe male or female. These females are fertile and thus new queens. After mating the drones, as the males are referred to, die soon. The new queens fly off to find a place to overwinter. The colony now falls apart and workers fly about aimlessly and also die rather soon. The terrible wasps visiting us in autumn and stealing our lemonade and ice cream are social wasps as well. Actually only two species pester us: the Common Wasp and the German Wasp. But because all wasps are very similar indeed, most are killed on sight. However very few species do sting readily. The others are aggressive only in the vicinity of the nest

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-27 9:04]

Hello Neighbour!
Excellent close macro of a wasp at work collecting wood pulp. Nice sharpness and lighting thanks to the skillful use of flash and tripod.
Well done and thanks, Paul!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-27 11:40]

Hi Paul.
It is a great macro shot technically is done perfectly. First of all I like the pictured scene. It is very interesting and impressive. Flash light, level of sharpness and details, amazing colour are perfect too. I also like strong horizontal composition and cropping. It is so suitable for captured subject. In a word, Bravo and TFS,

Excellent macro Paul. Perfect detail, perfect backround. Very pure and sharp shot. Well done. tfs. Stev

Ha Paul,

Superb macro shot van deze wesp
Scherpte, compo, details, POV en BG zijn PERFECT
bedankt voor de informative note

TFS Thijs

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-27 17:17]

Hola Paul,
bella macro,
una original posición...
detalles y colores excelentes.

The detail and quality of the photo are amazing.
Well done.

Hello Paul,
This is a very good nacro of a wasp collecting wood. Excellent sharpness and detail.
Thank you for the comments on my wasp and for the notes on the wasp community.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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