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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/13.0, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 6:43
Viewed: 5158
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I am sorry for being irregular here on TN. My school work is again getting a bit too heavy these days and I apologise to those who critiqued my last work and I could not return the courtesy.
Today I am taking you back to Saudi Arabia where wild life was on premium and every little insect that came my way was a blessing. In the summer of 2007, I had this small insect visiting the stamp sized little "garden" we had on school campus. After a bit of controversy, its ID was determined to be that of a Bee Wolf. I am posting a picture of it from my archives. Hope you are not disappointed.

Beewolves (genus Philanthus), also known as bee-hunters, burrowing wasps, or philanthuses, are solitary, predatory wasps, most of which prey on bees, hence their common name. The adult females dig tunnels in the ground for nesting, while the territorial males mark twigs and other objects with pheromones to claim the territory from competing males.

As with all other sphecoid wasps, the larvae are carnivorous, forcing the inseminated females to hunt for other invertebrates (in this case bees), on which she lays her eggs, supplying the larvae with prey when they emerge. The adults collect nectar from flowers or from squeezing the bees they capture for prey; the nectar is their energy source for flight.

The prevalent European species, P. triangulum, specializes in preying upon honey bees, thus making it a minor pest for beekeepers. Other Philanthus species may specialize on other bee species, or they may be generalists which prey upon a wide variety of bees, or other types of Hymenoptera.
They are notable in stinging their prey in a membranous location on the ventral surface where the venom quickly paralyzes major voluntary muscles, yet does not kill the prey. The prey may attempt to sting in return, but it is always grabbed in such a way that only well-armored portions of the Beewolf's body are presented. The Beewolf carries the prey back to a tunnel, but usually only stores it temporarily, until it is later used to provision a cell burrow, where an egg is laid.

Source: Wikipedia

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hello Ram
thanks Neighbour
this is a good shot with great details of this bee
good sharpness and nice colours
greeting lou


The lighting, shaprness, DOF, BG, POV and composition are all excellent. I like the colours and contrast also in your well composed macro image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-26 7:05]

Hello neighbour Ram,
Excellent sharp detailed macro in beautiful light and bright colours. The eye is very special. Good choice of composition.

That's OK, Mr.Thakur I missed your work indeed, and today you have the perfect opportunity to response to my Critique. Let me start with the my observation that your image here looks a bit flat, or in other words an image with low contrast and excess of brightness. Good natural white balance and lovely colors. Your notes are wonderfully written and easy to reed!
George Veltchev

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-26 7:46]

Hi Ram.
I like your close-up so much. Details of the bud and wasp are simply great, colours are natural and nice. Diagonal composition of the shot is also wonderful. Cropping seems a bit strong but it is not a point as well as the level of contrast. I think it depends on adjustments of a monitor. Thanks a lot and donít worry about your feedback. We like to watch your pictured and read nice notes always.

Makes me dizzy. Seriously....I kid you not. I have to turn my iPad to see it right but the iPads screen turns as well therefore making me 2x as dizzy. What a way to wake up!

HI sir,

Very nice close up of this wasp.
POV is good & perfect eye contact. Welldone & TFS.


Hi Ram
great notes and very pleasant presentation of the beast
could easily be improved by posttreatment (done in a great way by George)

Ciao Ram, beautiful wasp with fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-26 10:57]

Hi Ram,very impressive macro,what a perfect details of these strange and beautiful eyes,an excellent work my friend,very well done.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-26 12:32]

Hello Ram,
very good close up of this beewolf. The details on this shot are wonderfull. I like your side profile and your POV. Colours and exposure are nice.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ram. Very good sharp and details in difficult light's condition. Interesting close up.


Hallo Ram,
a good capture of this Beewolf, fine details, but soft contrast, beautiful natural colours a bit overexposed, perfect close composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-27 2:40]

Hello Ram,
You seem to be very busy, but I'm sure that you enjoy your work. Good idea to take from your archives this impressive insect, which is not shown often on TN. I have a lot of respect of wasps and if they have this size, even more! I'm just a little bit sad that they attack honey-bees.
This wasp has a most beuatiful eye!
Have a nice weekend and take care.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-27 2:48]

Hello Ram,
Well featured presentation.
wow...such an exciting close up of the beewolf. Even the name is so strange to me.
Exciting details especially the big eye.
Thanks for showing this creature


Hi Ram
Beautiful photo with interesting composition and good sharpness.

Hello Ram
fine close-up of this Beewolf, we can see each detail on the body,
very sunny image with pleasant colors taken from a great POV
Very well done and have a good night

Nice macro shot showing all the minute details of a beewolf.

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