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Hungry Wasp

Hungry Wasp
Photo Information
Copyright: Natalie Maga (natbug) (30)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak 6490
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-27 11:22
Viewed: 4389
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe this is a Paper Wasp – he was not terribly aggressive and just continued to flit about this fuchsia tree while I photographed him from different angles… If anyone has a differing opinion, please let me know! I am not very good with ID’s yet.

Wasps belong to the Vespidae family, which also includes yellowjackets and hornets, among others.

"Paper Wasps are social wasps, making up the genus Polistes. They form small colonies with umbrella-shaped nests in sheltered spots, and are quite mild-mannered. They feed on caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects, most of them pests.
Despite the use of the proper name, all social wasps make nests from paper. The larger colonial species, Yellowjackets, Hornets, can be very defensive and should not be approached unless one is experienced. All are beneficial and should be protected if possible. In Europe, hornets are a threatened species and are protected by law.
Paper wasps gather fibers from old wood, chew them and mix with saliva to make a water-resistant gray paper. Humans may have learned to make paper from watching wasps."

It was quite a bright day when I took this shot. There was quite a bit of glare on the top of the fuchsia bud and one of the leaves, so I have attempted to soften that a bit. Other than that, the picture has been cropped and resized for posting.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-27 11:29]

Muy buena captura Natalie.
Excelente nitidez y colorido.
La profundidad permite resaltar correctamente al insecto en primer plano.
Tus notas son interesante tambien.
Bien hecho.

Very good capture Natalie.
Excellent colorful and clearness.
The depth allows to stand out correctly to the insect in first plane.
Your notes are interesting also.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-27 11:57]

Sympa cette macro de la guêpe gourmande, belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-27 12:58]

I really like your macro Natalie,
Very good capture, good colours, very good dof, and an exelent note, I like it all, very good job.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-27 13:42]

A very nice capture.
Excellent composition and DoF,great colours too.
A great note too,very well done.

Hi Natalie, & welcome too on TN
The wasp is really well xposed as is the fuschia bud, you mentioned the BG. One way to get rid of this is to use a coloured board that you just slip in behind the flower, anout 300 mm 1' behind it. It will give you ane even, OOF BG, but it is nice to have a paertner to help.
Fill flash also helps to through the BG into a more uniform, amorphous scene. You can also chanege you POV b walking around and determine the best angle. This is the theory, now the wasp is flying, you are alleric to its sting and the sun is shining in your eyes and you must remeber all these things, too. In the end, it comes naturally.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-27 15:20]

I like this one Natalie, very nice colours and composition and a cracking note too. Well done.

Nathalie great shot I love these wasps and this a good image, a quick look though Google images should either confirm the ident or surrgest another.
points tomorrow.

Very nice take on this wasp. The details are sharp and the composition very pleasing. The note is excellent. Great stuff.

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