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wasp II
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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 5:48
Viewed: 3001
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The common wasp, Vespula vulgaris is a wasp found in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It is a eusocial vespid, which builds its grey paper nest underground, often using an abandoned mammal hole as a start for the site, which is then enlarged by the workers. The foundress queen may also select a hollow tree, wall cavity, or rock crevice for a nest site.

The nest is made from chewed wood fibres, mixed with saliva. It has open cells and a petiole attaching the nest to the substrate. The wasps produce a chemical which repels ants and secrete it around the base of this petiole in order to avoid ant predation.

A solitary female queen starts the nest, building 20-30 cells before initial egg-laying. This phase begins in spring, depending on climatic conditions. She fashions a petiole and produce a single cell at the end of it. Six further cells are then added around this to produce the characteristic hexagonal shape of the nest cells. The spherical nest is built up from layers of cells.

Once the larvae have hatched as workers, they take up most of the colony’s foraging, brood care and nest maintenance. A finished nest may contain 5,000–10,000 individuals.

Each wasp colony includes one queen and a number of sterile workers. Colonies usually last only one year, all but the queen dying at the onset of winter. However, in the mild climate of New Zealand, a few of the colonies survive the winter, although this is much more common with the German wasp. New queens and males (drones) are produced towards the end of the summer, and after mating, the queen overwinters in a hole or other sheltered location, sometimes indoors.

The common wasp is 17-20 mm long, and has typical wasp colours of black and yellow. It is very similar to the German wasp, but seen head on, its face lacks the three black dots characteristic of that species.

This common and widespread wasp collects insects including caterpillars to feed to its larvae, and is therefore generally beneficial. The adults feed on nectar and sweet fruit. Common wasps will also attempt to invade honeybee nests to steal their honey.

Common wasp nests are subject to predation by the Honey Buzzard, which excavates them to obtain the larva. The hoverfly Volucella pellucens and some of its relatives lay their eggs in a wasp nest and their larvae feed on the wasps’ young and dead adults.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-21 6:40]

Hi Ridvan,
a great shot.
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Hello Rivdan
Very intersting creature to shoot,
Perfect composition,lighting and BG,
Welldone, TFS


Great lighting on such a small subject. Wonderful color and realistic natural setting. :)

well captured, good light, fine colours,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-21 9:20]

Hi Ridvan,
Splendid shot of the Common Wasp. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. The focus is spot-on and fine exposure considering the harsh light. Personally I would have cropped it a little more to concentrate more on the Wasp. Anyway, very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-21 10:09]

merhaba ridvan
bu essek arisini kondugu yapragin bile detaylarini net bi sekilde kadrajlamissin
kompozisyonu, isigi, renkleri, netligi, detaylari ve bilgilendirici notu basarili bir calisma sunmussun
eline saglik

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-21 10:59]

Hi Ridvan,

Wonderful close-up of this wasp. Nice colors and sharp details. I like the leaves and the natural background.


Very good clear shot with fine details and colours, Ridvan.
The leaves including the one on which it is perched make a fine composition with the subject.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-21 13:14]

Hi Ridvan.
I like your perfect shot of the wasp. Its details, sharpness and colours are simply amazing. Reproduction of the leaves as well as the whole composition are perfect.. My compliments and TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-21 13:31]

Hello Ridvan, congratulations, excellent capture! Wonderful POV and composition, the wasp has amazing collors, it is posted in a natural and beautiful BG.. Well Done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-21 15:50]

Hi ridvan. what a clear shot of the wasp. you have captured evey detail with sharp focus. very ture colours. very well done my friend. excellent notes to night. TFS

merhaba Rıdvan bey,
harika bir yakın çekim olmuş. renkler gibi netlik, detaylar da çok güzel. metindeki bilgiler de. eline sağlık, selamlar. Ahmet

Salam my friend.
Again, you have captured a LOVELY image.
I had posted this, its nest:have a look.
Great clarity and focusing. Lots of details. EXCELLENT.
Regards, Mario.

Hello Ridvan, :)

Nice capture of this wasp, I had one of these fellows pay me a sting not long ago. After I had saved one of his buddy's from drowning in the pool.

Lovely DOF, with beautiful colour saturation. Well composed, you sure have some amazing shots to pour through! Well done my friend.


Hi Ridvan,
Beautiful work. The focus is excellent. The subject's colors are excellent. Note also informative. Thanks lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-22 11:26]

Ridvan, class of a shot and lovely colors. The picture is sharp and nice. TFs Ganesh

Hi Ridvan,
Nice capture very sharp
and detailed, well composed
TFS. best regards/Lawhil

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-23 7:39]

Hello Rivdan,
Superb macro work with great camera work, well done Rivdan, thanks for sharing.

hi ridvan,
nice capture of the wasp, well composed shot, nice details captured, the teaxture on the leaf adds to the look of the shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-23 10:50]

Merhaba Rıdvan,
Bu da çok güzel bir makro çalışması.Renkler,detaylar,netlik kusursuz.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-06-24 1:33]

Ridvan, great sharpness and pov. I like saturation and contrast, as well as the blurred bg.

As for composition, maybe, a little bit less os space on the right, but that's just an opinion.

bonjour ridvan
une bonne photo mais une sale bete qui vient souvent nous gacher nos repas en plei air!!
netteté et couleurs impeccable.

Hola Ridvan,
Excelente toma con bella composición y gran nitidez, donde se muestran muy bien los detalles, Saludos
José Ramón

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