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Wasp Beetle Taking Off

Wasp Beetle Taking Off
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G IF-ED Micro, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 1:32
Viewed: 6814
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Do not be fooled by the Black and Yellow colour of this beetle, its just one of many species that make use of protective/Warning colouration of that ever present stinging insect the Wasp/Vespula who have this arrangment of colour to warn preditors not to tangle with them. In the case of the Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietus) this is all a put on as this member of the Longhorn Beetle family is completly hamless the adult only feeds on pollen from flowers and the larve are to be found feeding in dead timber mainly of Ash/Fraxinus and Chestnut/Castania. I have a lot of images of this one crawling around on this piece of rock at the nursery, but thought this one of the moment of take off was more intreseting.
Shot in Raw and exposure and levels adjusted in Rawshooted the precursor of Lightroom then converted to Tiff and then opened, cropped and sharpened and resized to TN file size in Photoshop CS.
Hope you like thank you for looking.

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i wondered what this was as i took one the other day but not as good as this. thanks for the notes.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-07-16 2:11]

Hi Robert!

Very good example of insect's mimicry. I've never seen beetle imitating wasp. Looks like it is another specie after flies and moths. Great moment and pose, especially opened wings' 'protectors' looks excellent. Interesting note as always!

Hello Robert,
Great reaction to capture this wasp beetlle with the wing caps openend already, but the actual wings still on the upper body.
Wonderful to see the beetle high on his legs lifting it self for take of.
Great details, exposure, sharpness and composition.
The shadow on the stone underneath the beetle and the soft background are very beautiful.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Hello Robert,
Very good capture of this insect good composition and sharpness, I like it

Great capture of this colourful Longhorn Robb.
Well timed, with good exposure colour and detail.
I don't think we get this one here in NZ.
Interesting post.
Cheers, Steve

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-16 9:39]

Hello Robert,
Nice timing!
Fine capture of a wasp beetle about to take off. Nice and sharp, good lighting, BG and colours though a little noisy. Fine composition with the stone 'runway'.
TFS a species that I haven't seen for some years now.
Have a good week, Ivan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-16 11:47]

Hi Robert

Excellent pose here, great timing. Pin sharp with excellent DOF and a superb POV. Nice work



Hi Robert
Great action shot with stunning DOF and lovely BG. Very good compo too, but above all extremely interesting beetle with great note!
Only minor problem: very noisy, I tried a WS to remove the digital noise

Spectacular macro, the strength in the legs is impressive, also all the sharp details in this photo are admirable,

Very good timing Robert!
Clear and very sharp picture of this beautiful beetle.
Good DOF an natural colours. Nice background.
TFS Harm

Hi Rob,

Great pose on this beetle, every attribute is accountable and shows wonderful detail.
With as much noon lighting that you have available in this image, you should be able to use a lower ISO setting to avoid the grainy texture. As a rule for me anyway I will avoid noise as much as possible, and only when the available ambient lighting tends to get darker it is then that I start adjusting for higher ISO settings to compensate for lower lighting.

Excellent timing sir..!!!

TFS :-)

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