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The untouchables

The untouchables
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soap Bubble+ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-24 1:11
Viewed: 3076
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What more can you wish for protection? Few dozen stings and deadly sharp thorns of a wild cactus .... and after all .... the wasps do not produces honey! So better pass!

The type of nest produced by wasps can depend on the species and location. Many social wasps produce paper pulp nests on trees, in attics, holes in the ground or other such sheltered areas with access to the outdoors. By contrast solitary wasps are generally parasitic or predatory and only the latter build nests at all. Unlike honey bees, wasps have no wax producing glands. Many instead create a paper-like substance primarily from wood pulp. Wood fibers are gathered locally from weathered wood, softened by chewing and mixing with saliva. The pulp is then used to make combs with cells for brood rearing. More commonly, nests are simply burrows excavated in a substrate (usually the soil, but also plant stems), or, if constructed, they are constructed from mud.

Image taken in RAW, ISO1600, Aperture priority mode and Evaluative metering system.

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Hello George,
excellent capture, very sharp details and nice natural colors.Very impressive photo,
TFS, regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-24 2:07]

Hi George,
Splendid photo-composition, with great details and colors, useful presentation too, TFS!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-24 2:21]

Hi George,
Cactus and Bee ..
Beautiful macro. Composition and lighting are very good.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-24 2:46]

Hello George,
A very fine capture of this wasps nest seething with activity. Its placing among the cactus spines is interesting and well shown with nice sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello George,
Great capture of a very interesting insects. They found a house in a cactus with deadly thors. Nice colors, very fine details and good focus as usual.
Thaks for sharing this interesting home of the wasps.

Ciao George. Impressive DOF here and excellente colour results. Great compo.


hello george!!
very dramatic position ,nice note.really enjoyable.

Hello George,
Untouchable, for sure. I like the beautiful blue purple color in the wings. As always you've captured this with sharp clear detail and good pov. As Nikos says a very impressive photo. Very well done my friend and TFS.

Hello George, here everything is untouchable, is the plant that the honeycomb. Very beautiful image and perfect recovery. All the best, Paul

Hello George,
Excellent macro, very interesting photos of the object, is rarely presented. I congratulate the courage!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-24 9:32]

Hi George.How are nice the wings colors of these bees!I like a lot the blue taken so well,a beautiful macro,composition,whit the usual top quality.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi George,
what an unusual place for these wasps for their nest! Incredible! Very good composition and point of view. You are very perceptive to find something like this.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-24 12:41]

Hello George.
Fantastic close up detail of these wasps,very good macro with a lot of details inside the nest.Well done on this composition.Best regards Siggi

Ciao George, great capture of beautiful nest, splendid colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo George,
a superb macro shot, impressive details, marvellous colours, very well done
Best regards

hello George

excellent photo with great POV, DOF, superb focus
great sharpness and details of the cactus
and the insects with their nests, TFS


Hi George
Impressive photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness. The composition is excellent.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-24 21:19]

Fine image of these nest of wasps, you could have thrown some more light on the nest. Using the cactus thorns well for your composition. tfs.

Good title, both the wasps and the thorns are untouchable. The image is sharp and the detail is excellent!

Hello George,
A very well protected nest indeed. And are those guys aggressive, as I know from experience. Excellent quality as usual from you but nothing mundane about the image which speaks of careful attention to DOF. Informative note as well.

nice the title, wondeful and very interseting photo, very nice the detail, in other words great macropicture,

ciao, tino

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-25 6:06]

Hello George,
Love this one..a most interesting picture with this double "danger" wasps and thorns. The whole presented in a fine composition and with perfect sharpness. Beautiful also the color of the wasps and the reflections on the wings. Very interesting, indeed!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-02-25 18:02]

Hello my friend George !
What a very diferent pic you have now!Your sharpness is so well that I become afraid of the stings and sharp thorns...
Amazing pic, my dear George !Bravo!
A nice w-end.
Regard from YF,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-26 13:21]

Hello George,
This is a very good capture,excellent composition with greatr sharpness,colors and perfect POV.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-28 3:17]

Hello George,
excellent capture of these tiny wasps. The dramatic capture between the cactus is very exciting. The sharpness of the wasps colours and stripes is good and the shallow depth render a very effective framing.
Nice view.


Qué belleza y qué delicadeza George.
Buena combinación del cactus con ese pequeño ejambre de una especie
de avispa minúscula que yo desconocía... cada dia una sorpresa en Tn !
Buena luz y precisos colores.
Saludos : Josep Ignasi.

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