Insects in flight-23
|Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd)
|Date Taken: 2018-09-15|
|Camera: Sony DSC RX10 IV|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4000 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2018-09-25 10:04|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Insects in flight-23 :|
I present once more the European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominulus, Haus- Feldwespe. Vespidae) in flight, this time with a twist: You notice the two Strepsipteran parasites between the tergites.
Infection of the paper wasp by the strepsipteran or twisted-wing parasite Xenos vesparum Rossi results in a dramatic behavioral change of the host, which culminates in colony desertion and the formation of extranidal aggregations, in which up to 98% of occupants are parasitized female workers. The infected wasps can survive the winter while the noninfected workers will die. The manipulation of the host helps the parasite population to reproduce and find new hosts.
(from: Hughes D. et al. 2004. Social wasps desert the colony and aggregate outside if parasitized: parasite manipulation? Behavioral Ecology 15, 6: 1037).
Parasites -partners for life!
Technicals: 1/3'200 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800, tele 500 mm eq., no flash
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- [2018-09-25 10:09]
Hi Dietrich,absolutely perfect another time and the green background is very clean too without noise,impressive details on the in flight bee,very well done!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
That's class again, great compo, crystal clear photo with the most perfect shutter speed and nice shallow DoF. Very interesting and educative note as well. Great work, congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László
- [2018-09-25 21:37]
It is not easy to obtain such picture quality with an insect in flight.
The wasp is shown with sharp details and with favorable dof.
- [2018-09-26 1:40]
This one is really good!
Its shade in the left corner is a plus!