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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 4:52
Viewed: 3595
Points: 56
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I had been observing this wasp-like winged insect for a couple of days in our little garden and noticed that it is a highly restless creature which never settles on anything for long.
Its movements are quite similar to those I have observed in most wasps – jerky, restless and finicky. It was a solitary insect that flew in, flitted around the little plot and seemed to favour a leafy mimosa plant, disappearing into the cluster of its closely packed leaves and then popping out suddenly to fly away again. I had no hope of capturing this insect on camera.
It was yesterday afternoon when I came out of my house and cast an idle glance at the little patch of greenery. It was very hot at that moment, maybe 45 degrees Celsius. I noticed the customary pair of those Bee Wolves I have been shooting and posting here recently. One was busy investigating the soil and the other rested on the stem of a rose plant, too lazy to move about in the heat. Then I noticed that regular visitor – the Eristalinus sepulchralis hoverfly with mottled eyes whom I had captured only once and posted that picture recently. This afternoon, even this restless creature seemed to have lost some steam under the intense heat and rested longer on the leaves.
That motivated me to grab my camera and go at this fellow once again. Fortunately, it rested frequently on the ground and on some leaves to allow me a few shots. I also noticed a very tiny jumping spider and took a few shots which I am yet to look at. If any of them turn out to be good, you would see them here shortly.
It was while shooting the Eristalinus sepulchralis hoverfly when I noticed the suspected “wasp” busy at his favourite mimosa plant. Setting my camera in such a way that I would be able to get at least one clear picture of it, I waited with bated breath. It dodged me quite a few times during its in-and-out movements on the mimosa plant. Finally the patience paid. Just as it settled on the leaf for a second before entering into the thick foliage, I took two shots in quick succession. End of the shoot.
I was therefore pleasantly surprised when one of those two shots turned out to be quite successful. I am posting it today as a fresh picture from my camera in the hope that you might find it interesting. I am not at all sure about its ID, so any suggestions from experts are eagerly awaited. It is just about 2 cm in length and has a generally brown body.
I have told this long story to convey to you the fact I am not living in nature’s plenty like many of you and feel very happy if something new falls my way by way of wild life here in Riyadh.
Thanks for looking and regards to all.

gannu, Proframe, Jamesp, meyerd, GLEM, anel, uleko, Argus, JORAPAVI, mogens-j, fartash, eqshannon, Alex99, Kaszek, pvb, lawhill, dew77, mikou, cicindela, jmp, Juyona has marked this note useful
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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-05 4:54]

Ram Sir beautiful note and insect. All are absolutely great. Well done sir and tks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-05 4:59]

Hi Ram,
it does look very wasp like.
A sharp and well composed capture.
Perfect shot for an identification.
Well done,

On my screen the image does look a little overexposed Ram, but it's a very nice image with wonderful warm color tones anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards, Harry

Great, Ram,
you puzzle us with this very good shot of a strange beauty. As a biologist I am scratching my head to find out whether the animal is actually a Hymenopteran, or rather a Dipteran mimicking a wasp. Dipterans have halteres instead of hind wings. Maybe you have more shots and can check this out. What a succesfull mimicry it is, if it is! Thanks for entertaining us all with this shot!
My best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-05 5:08]

Hi Ram

Nice close-up with good detail - the eye is especially good. Your note and postings prove that although you live in a desert area there is still plenty to see.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-05 5:18]

salut Ram,
belle macro tout en lumière, le soleil devait être très présent. Excellent détails, bonne maîtrise des couleurs.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-05 5:27]

Hello Ram,
I think your eyes have definitely been sharpened in Riyadh to observe the small creatures on this planet! This capture of whatever wasp shows very sharp details and interesting pale colours. Just observing the eyes of these tiny creatures is stunning!!
I like the composition very much too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-05 5:28]

Hello Ram,
It is sometimes very interesting to know in which conditions pictures are taken. Your description is just great. We can imagine you in the little garden looking out for the tiniest sign of life, not caring about high temperatures. This shot of this beautiful little wasp is excellent , very clearr and with good sharpness.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-05 5:40]
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Hello Ram,
That this is some species of wasp is beyond doubt, but for me giving you the ID is another matter. I can only guess that this is some species of Solitary, rather than Social Wasp.
Excllent macro with good sharpness and detail, perhaps when compared to the original, a little too much shadow and contrast reduction.
Though you have restricted access to nature, you make full use of what is available to you, Ram, and I like reading your stories of how you set about doing this.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hola Ram,
Excelente toma, la nitidez y detalles son extraordinarios, muy amena la nota que la acompañas, creo que gracias a ello terminaré aprendiendo inglés :)). Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Ram

I have never seen this species befor but I do like the picture. Nice sharpness wit good details. Nice looking colours and a well blurred background to set off the insect nicely. very good composition.


Hello Ram
Very intersting shot of this Wasp,
Perfect details and composition,
Great BG, DOF and colors,Superb shot.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-05 9:09]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful image of this wasp, considering the swiftness with which you captured it and had no time for adjustments. Sharp, neat and precious. Excellent POV to portray its features and those eyes are gigantic. A superb and beautiful new guest you have now. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Anything that looks like a wasp...and I am out of the room in a heartbeat. So allergic. Yet I know there are many non protein poison barb beasts in this world. We have one up in the mountains, who is non stinging yet chases one prey only and that is the hobo spider. Seeing as the hobo spider is a bad feller, it is nice to know it has a predator.

Bob-Lost in the Wilderness of the US...

Fine depiction. You will soon return to India? It will be an interesting comparison as of late. Your pictures are all so very informative...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-05 9:47]

Hi Ram.
What a cute picture of this tiny creature and impressive surroundings. Your note is amazing too. Bravo.

Details and sharpness, POV and DOF are excellent. Lighting and composition of the shot are perfect too. I also like the WS by Claude. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-05 10:39]

Hi Ram,

It looks like a wasp that I wouldn't want to get so close to. Wonderful colors and details - lovely composition on the green leaf.

Very interesting notes. Don't know how you can be out there in the heat of the day. I try to limit outdoor activities to early morning and late afternoon.


Hi Ram,
Very well done macro. Sharpness and detaiils very nice. TFS. Mustafa

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-05 13:12]

Hi Ram!
Interestic insect. Great eyes :)
I don't know what is it. I never seen this wasp before.
Very interesting note!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-05 13:19]

Hi Ram,
Don't know the exact ID for this wasp, but you have capture him well. Very good macro with good details. Nice colours and good composition.
TFS Paula

Hi Ram, great macro of lovely wasp, splendid composition with great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

nice macro shot, i admire your close observation & the notes. well composed shot with good details, the pov gives full details of the insect,
tfs & regards

Hello Ram,
Great capture well composed with colors and sharpness TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-06 2:31]

Hello Ram,
Very nice close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,lighting and framing are also wonderful.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-06 15:04]

Hi Ram.
Great macro of this very interesting insect.Well composed and well focused with very good sharp details and very nice colors.I like also your note.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Beelle photo de ce bel insecte,bien net et beaucoups de détails superbes. Amitiés Thomas

Hi dear Ram ,
wonderful shot with excellent focus and great light.
well composed.
Thanks for sharing

selam ram; amazing macro shot of this wasp ,good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

Hello Ram!
Yesterday I came back from field practices with my students and tomorrow I am going for the next ones so that is the reason why I did not comment you pictures last days :)

And this is a really splendid presentation! Very interesting object and very well presented! :) I like POV, DOF and colours. Note of course too :)
Maybe only flash reflections would be reduced a little but I still like a lot this picture :)
Best greetings and have a nice weekend,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-09 12:33]

Hi Ram,
Perfect capture with very good details, pov and composition and a really interesting note.
TFS and best regads, José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-09 14:01]

Hola Ram,
perfecta macro,
buenos detalles y color...
buen trabajo amigo,

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