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Polistes dominula.

Polistes dominula.
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-13 6:47
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Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polistes dominula (typically misspelled as dominulus), sometimes referred to as the European paper wasp, is one of the more common and well-known species of social wasps in Europe. It is considered an invasive species in Canada and the United States.
Nests are begun by overwintered foundresses, who spend about a month in the spring constructing a nest and provisioning offspring, the first of which will become daughter workers in the growing colony. Males are produced later, and when they start to appear, a few daughters may mate and leave their nest, to become foundresses the next season. The switch from production of workers to production of future foundresses ("gynes") is not utterly abrupt, therefore, as has been considered the case for other species of Polistes.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-13 7:19]

Hello Nikos,

Wonderful pose of the wasp.
Lovely sharpness and splendid color
Soft and pleasant for look at
Very nice presentation. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-13 7:45]

Hello Nikos
Very well presented...I like details, colors and composition
Thanks for sharing

Hi Nikos,
This is a kind of image which deserve much more attention from the viewers of TN! In my view this is a Spectacular Shot! Well done Nikos!Stunning colors, contrast DOF and composition! Well done!
George Veltchev

hello Nikos

great picture with good details and good composition to see this nest very good
greeting lou

Hi Nikos
Wonderful capture this great wasp!
Beautiful details and colors.
The green on the BG is amazing!

Ciao Nikos. Great shot! Fot the playing of light and bright natural colours. Impressive details and the best DIf. My comopliments.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-13 12:26]

Hello Nikos.
Beautiful and interesting macro for this wasp on nest.Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great.Thanks for sharing .
Best regards Siggi

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-04-13 12:39]

Hi Nikos , this is an outstanding image , I like it as soon as I open it , firstly the moment captured with the wasp making its start to a new nest is simply fascinating , the texture of that nest is so clear I can feel it , the light and color very natural, one detail I really like here is the reflection of the nest in the insects eye , for some reason that keeps drawing my eye.

great stuff
thanks for sharing it

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-13 13:53]

Hello Nikos! That's a really great macro shot! The wasp is perfectly sharp and the overall quality of the picture is amazing! Fantastic!


Very nice capture with good details and colors.
Interesting capture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-16 3:25]

Hi nikos,
wow...this is an excellent view of the insect with its nest.
Very sharp and well shown in excellent details.
The yellow and black stripe is indeed very captivating. Well presented in great sharpness, the effect of lighting too make it so special.congratulations for a lively composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-20 5:56]

Hello Nikos,
A most beautiful and interesting picture you present here. Not only with excellent composition, sharpness and beautiful color-contrast, but also very interesting picture by its subject. Informative and very pleasing to the eye. Bravo!!
Kind regards

Dear Nikos,
I found your photo when trawling the site for images for my theme ""Animal Behaviour""

It is - together with your good notes - a very interesting testimony to the saying ""as busy as a bee/wasp...""

I was amazed to see you needed only 400th of a second without flash - because normally - wasps never sit still very long :-)) by the way their sting is extremely sore/poisonous (to suffer if you disturb them at the nest).

We also have paperwasps in South Africa and their nests vary slightly from area to area - but in principle look like the one in your photo.

I like the way you cropped the photo tightly, drawing all attention to the animal.

The great depth of field offers lots of details.
Splendid photo! Thanks.

Have a nice evening,
Regards from South Africa

nice capture, TFS Ori

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