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Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp
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Copyright: Michael Hastriter (devildoc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 57 N: 186] (2851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8 G ED, Quantaray 62mm Multi Coated UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-28 7:57
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Points: 6
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Pompilidae (Spider Wasps)

This very large and colorful wasp (2.5 inches long)hunts spiders on which it lays an egg. See write-up of earlier submission of same wasp at different POV on Treklens. Not all "spider wasps" are as large as this species of the Southwestern U.S. and into Mexico.

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wow such vibrant wings!!!! great shot!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 278 N: 4873] (19685)
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Hello Mike,
As you already stated, this looks like a Spider Wasp, possibly (Tarantula Hawk Wasp). I love the iridescent bluish green body in contrast to those gorgeous orangish wings.
I remember seeing one for the first time while visiting my daughter in Phoenix.. It was certainly a colorful fellow and I managed to get a few shots off before it left.

Ciao Michael, great macro of lovely colorful wasp, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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