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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: 2004-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-08-04 17:34
Viewed: 9568
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the one I promised to try and get, and to see how see WS pic.
Wasps survive the cold winter period as ready mated fertile Queens, In the autumn the freshly mated Queens find some where dry and cool to hibernate over the winter months surviving on fat reserves until the 1st grubs hatch. When she emerges in the spring she will fly off and find a place to start her nest,depending on the species and ther are 7 in the UK, some nest underground-Common wasp Vespula vulgaris , in trees and bushes-(Dolichovespula media) Tree Wasp These ones and In hollow tree`s (Vespa crabo) The Hornet.They find bare wood such as a fence post or tree trunk and chew the wood fibres into a paper paste then carry it back to the nest site and start to build the light weight nest made up of cells covered over with a ball shaped shell which expands as the colony grows. she 1st constructs a few cells under an unbrella shaped dome hung from a branch in a sheltered corner, there she lays the eggs and builds more cells while she waits for them to hatch, when they hatch she feeds them chewed up insects and at this point she can break her enforced fast as they give back a sugar rich saliva on which she and the rest of the colony will survive.As soon as the first females hatch they take over the rearing and food collection leaving her to lay more eggs upto 20,000 in a large nest.The stipes of different colour are from different woods use to make the paper, each stripe is the work of 1 wasp and 1 load of wood pulp. There are no males at this stage in the nest.Late in the summer they will build a series of larger cell and these will contain the male and queen grubs to ensure the next generation when they mature and mate and she goes off to hibernate.
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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-04 18:00]

Wonderful detail,especially of the one flying in and the colours are very nice also.
Excellent work and brave of you to get so close too!
Very well done

Beautiful capture Robert,
I hate those wasp. But in this composition they are wonderfull. Very good photo with good colours, and a freesing wasp. Very good note. Very good job.

Very good Robert
Nice color and good sharpness .
Good note.
Good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-05 6:01]

That is absolutely superb. Magic. The one caught coming into land makes a great picture even better.

Points tomorrow

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-05 7:19]

Rob - This is absolutely stunning. This image contains everything that is perfect and is going to my favourites

Was actually just about to shot down for to night and saw this one. Very sharp and beautiful details all over.

This is very, very good and I am sure it took a lot of courage to go in there. I can see from the WS that you dressed in a clever way - hope you got the bike out too ;-)).

I had one of these flying around in my bedroom a few nights ago and I was only dressed the way I was borne. So when I got out of my bed to make it fly out of the window it just went crazy and attacked me and gave me a sting on my stomach. Well, it died shortly after, splashed out all over the wall.

Points tomorrow.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-05 12:40]

Amazing shot.
Shutting speed freezes the wing of the flying wasp.
Nice colors, too.

Outstanding result, Robert. Very crisp detail and colors, nice busy scene, and I'm particularly fascinated by the one just coming in to land. Great note and thanks for the WS, too, although I'm not sure I'd even want to attempt such a catch with that kind of protective gear :o)

You could have called this one "Zooming in" or "Heading Home" ;-))
Excellently sharp capture for a shot taken with those mittens on ;-)) Nice behavioural shot, I also like the one watching you from the nest.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-05 16:28]

Hay que tener coraje para acercarse a un panal de estos bichos Robert.
Excelente imagen, por su definicion y nitidez.
Muy buenos colores, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que es una imagen nocturna.
Felicitaciones por una gran trabajo!.
PS: viendo tu WS retiro lo de coraje... jajajaja.

It is necessary to have courage to approach a honeycomb of these tiny beasts Robert. Excellent image, by its definition and clearness.
Very good colors, mainly considering that is a nocturnal image.
Congratulations by a great job.
PS: seeing your WS retirement the courage concept... jajajaja

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-06 11:06]

Great capture Robert,especcialy the one flying in.. with great colors and composition !!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-06 14:06]

GOOD note, great POV and wasps, You won't get me there, I promose you. The yellows and bit of green do ell together.

RObert, it is remarkable to see what a photographer would do to get the right shot. That is what makes you one of the best here. Preserverence. (spelling?) Anyway... I not gonna try to name the features that impressed me. To much. This is a world class take. Congrats Brave Robert. And thanx for showing me what it looks like up close and personal.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-14 14:14]

Great shot Rob and good work getting them all in focus. You're much braver than me!

Wow! This is so 3 dimensional with that wasp about to land! I never realized there was so much variation in colour in a wasps' nest before. Great clarity, and I agree with the other critiquers--you were very brave to get in that close. Interesting to see the entrance with those beady little eyes sticking out. Interesting notes too!

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  • limba3 (28)
  • [2006-07-07 16:54]

I also have such a nest. On one's window. Unfortunately I could not do the so good photograph as you. (translator)

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