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thin waisted killer

thin waisted killer
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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 5:13
Viewed: 5612
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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i took this shot in the Cebeci sea shore town. We were snorkeling near the rocky shore there. When we were just walking to the home, i saw this guy on the rocky shore just 2 metres far from the sea. This is very interesting to me, i think that this guy prey that sunbathing caterpillar on there. It was really hard work for that thin sharp killer, it was trying to lift-up and fly with the huge prey. But everytime it tried, the result was negative. if you look at carefully, you can see that it clasped the caterpillar with its scissor like jaws. i took lots of shots then i left from there.

This is an ammophila sabulosa, often called as a sand wasp, 25 mm length. It nests in sandy soil and stocks the nest with caterpillars. June-September... These infos from Michael Chinery's Wildlife of Britain and Europe.

i don't know about the caterpillars id, i'm very curious about that, if someone can help, i will be very happy.

i used my flash here, but you can see that the wings weren't frozed, cause of there were full of sunlight which reduced the flash effect.

i will upload another shot of them as a workshop, if you want you can check it.

Thanks for visiting...

mkabacan, fyapici, uleko, gitirana, sandpiper2, SkyF, RAP, aido, LeBonhomme, Nephrotome2, jcoowanitwong, elefantino, peter_stoeckl, Luc, aktolga has marked this note useful
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To aido: caterpillareruyanik 1 09-05 15:06
To aido: caterpillareruyanik 1 09-05 15:05
To uleko: exposureeruyanik 1 09-04 06:51
To claudine: keep posting!!!eruyanik 1 09-04 06:31
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Selam Ersin Bey,
Olağanüstü bir anı çok güzel yakalamışsınız. Bu sitenin amacı zaten ana sayfada kocaman kocama yazdığı gibi fotoğraf sanatı vasıtasıyla doğayı öğrenmek. Ben bu yaban arısı benzeri böceğin avını nasıl yakaladığına hiç şahit olmamıştım. Sayenizde bunu da öğrendim. Çok teşekkürler.

Fotorafik açıdan da eleştirecek birşey yok. Mükemmel olmuş. Selamlar, saygılar.

Çarpıcı ve çok güzel..Eline sağlık..Selamlar..

Hi again Ersin,
You seem very prolific these times by posting a lot of interesting pictures :) How this damesfly thinks she can manage with this big insect? Nature is sometimes very strange... Great details and good notes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-04 6:37]
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Brilliant action shot although it is a bit nasty! I think both pictures are very interesting and you've succeeded very well with your exposure!
Thank you, Ulla

Impressionante o poder desta vespa. Great shot!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-04 6:59]

Hello Ersin,
Very interesting shot.Moment you caught is great.Well caught,framed and composed.

Amazing shot. Very nice composition of this interesting action. I wonder if he finally got it back to his burrow.
Well done TFS.

you know when they say you have bitten off more than you can chew, well it springs to mind immediately here.

Love the caterpillar though - great camoflague except in this instance!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-09-04 8:13]

Hi Ersin,
I see that you also have a nasty wasp. Interesting shot of this sand-wasp. I like the pictures which show action in animals and insects life.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-04 8:30]

Hello Ersin,
very interesting shot, alone the caterpillar is well worth a shot. This duo is a wonderful example of the way of nature. Great job on capturing them. DOF, sharpness and the exposure are excellent. Very good POV with interesting detail.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-04 9:23]

Hi Ersin... impressive scene.

+ composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, framing, lighting.

= background, notes.

Cheers... Ricardo

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-04 10:26]
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Hi Ersin,
A very interesting post, I don't think this Sand Wasp is ever going to move this Caterpillar. Is the Caterpillar still alive? An interesting note and a great image, great detail considering this is so small. Good use of flash too, a perfectly clear shot. Nice work!

hi ersin
Is that a very good truthful!
Have you got good detail , composition , sharpness!!
TFS David

Bonjour Ersin,
very interesting... between the drama and the humorous. Very well seen and nice moment seized. Personnaly, I think I would have lie down to take it at their level, ground level to add to the action and add perspective. Congratulations!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-04 13:45]

Selam Ersin
This one look dangerous. Well seen and captured. Good colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good note and composition.
Well done my friend


Nice capture, colors and composition. Interesting scene.

Hi Ersin,
Interesting observation. This sand wasp may have to give up or breaking his jaws. Well composed. Great exposure and contrast. TFS.

Hi Ersin,
most fascinating document of a sand wasp in action,
perfectly taken. Great!
Thank you! Best regards,


Hi Ersin,
Beautiful picture. good document, wasps usually paralyze a catterpillar and take it to nest for there larve to feed on!! worth a smiley
Sorry no time for proper critique

Goutham R

Perfect! Nothing more to say! I promised you somthing but summertime is too busy for me.

Ersin bey hızlı bir fotoğraf olmuş, arı biryandan gitmeye çalışıyor bir yandan da larvayı tutuyor.

Ellerinze sağlık.

very good clarity and super note, nicely seen and shown to us here, well done

Hello Ersin,
I've been looking through your gallery and I see you don't waste your time - LOTS of new pictures ;-)
This one is very interesting for me because it is one of the subject I've wanted to capture but I haven't got chance. I once saw it but before I managed to shot anything the wasp was already away with the caterpillar.
This isn't probably perfectly sharp and clear, but apart from that everything works.
Great job!

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