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A Wasp known as a Mason-Bee -

A Wasp known as a Mason-Bee -
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-24 4:23
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A Wasp known as a Mason-Bee - and on a very pretty flower

I don't really know 100% what insect this is - but I think it might be the Black Hunting Wasp, Salius monachus.

I knew them as mason-bees when staying on my sister's farm. They used to block up keyholes with clay and construct clay compartments in odd corners of houses - or even unused shoes or coat pockets!!

In those structures they used to imprison small spiders, which were stung and rendered 'torpid' by the wasp and later served up as food for their larvae.

Wasps are distinguished from bees by their slender waists and lack of hairs on their bodies.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-24 4:44]
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Hi Janice!

Very colorfull flower and ascetic wasp. I can't see Sqare and Compassess so I'm not sure it is real mason :-) [this is word play only understable in Polish my friend :-) In Polish member of Freemasonry is called Mason].

Few days with rain, but I hope there will be sun again!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-24 4:44]

Hi Janice,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,cross framing,colors,contrast and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,

excellent composition, I like the colours and contrast between black insect and flower, interesting photo.


Hi Janice,

Nicely composed and really standing out on the soft coulors of the background. Well seen.


Hello Janice! Very original work. Very interesting macro. Good capture. Very good shot. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-24 7:03]

Hello Janice,
This is actually a fly that mimics a wasp: you can tell by the antennae and the eyes and that it has only one pair of wings instead of two.
It's a fine macro froma an excellent POV and well composed on the rose.
I shall not be posting for a while but I shall often look in to give the odd critique.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-24 10:41]

hi Janice,
belle image avec un jeu de couleurs très intéressant. La diagonale est judicieusement trouvée.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-24 12:10]

Hello Janice,
Excellent capture of this Fly that stands out very clearly against the petals of the rose.
A very nice composition. I've captured similar flies here but can't find the ID for them!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-07-25 14:35]

Ola Janice
Bela imagem com bons detalhes e cores, a nitidez esta muito boa e a composição tambem.

Very nice shot Janice!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-07-27 3:15]

Hello Janice,
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing

Going by the shape of its eyes, I would perhaps consider this as a fly rather than a wasp, Janice.
Anyway, I don't claim to be an expert, so ignore my surmise if you get your ID right.
All the same, it is a very nice capture. I particularly like the layers of colours and contrasts on the petals on the flower.

Beautiful shot with great colour and composition. Very nice idea of shotting!


Hi Janice,
Ivan is quite right.
This isn't a Mason Bee but a Black or American Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens, quite easily distinguished by thoe white bands on the back legs :)
You can find it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetia_illucens

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