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Giant Wasp

Giant Wasp
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): JlinaresP's Uncommons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 7:21
Viewed: 4494
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Megascolia maculata maculata

Alongside the Petra reservoir on Lesvos there was a south-facing slope with plenty of the herb Origanum onites. On closer inspection we found there was a great variety of insects favouring these flowers. One of them was this giant wasp that sucked nectar from the small white flowers. This female was about 45 mm (1.8 inches) in length while the male was slightly shorter and had long antennae. It is the largest solitary wasp in Europe.

I've posted a frontal view of this wasp in WORKSHOP.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-07 7:22]

Hi Ulla
Wonderful! I never see one like that before!
Great details, colors is lovely!
POV is amazing!

Hello Ulla
Beautiful close-up shot of this wasp. Wonderful composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Ulla, great macro of giant wasp with fantastic eyes, wonderfuls colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla,
Great shot, wel composed, perfect sharp details, fine bg and POV
Excellent colors, i like the colors of the eye

TFS Thijs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-07 8:45]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this wasp in great sharpness and details. Nice natural colours, also in the OOF BG. Good DOF and composition.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-06-07 8:56]

Hello Ulla,
in the last weeks/months, I only sporadically visited TN. Probably, I missed many interesting and beautiful pictures like this one on which you present an impressive insect. The specimen is shown with high sharpness. Colours and point of view are perfect. I know that it is difficult to show with clarity also the dark/black hairy structures in detail, in particular in strong sunlight. In such a case, I recommend to avoid direct sunlight if possible. If you get a sharp picture then also with a longer exposure time, the result will be astonishing.
Best wishes, Peter

Woooow, I'm frightening when I see this monster, Ulla, that wasp is realy amazing.
Look at the red eyes, I've never seen such a one.
Your shot is wonderful and shows us every little detail of that impressive insect, thanks.
Kind regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-06-07 9:57]

Hola amiga,
gran calidad en tu captura,
buenos detalles y pov.
original workshop

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-06-07 11:41]

Hi Ulla. A very clear picture of this very large wasp. Your side view lets us see every detail of the body. Taken with such sharp focusing and natural looking colours. Well taken TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-07 11:59]

Hello Ulla
Superb macro with great details, natural colors and perfect focus

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-07 14:11]

Hallo Ulla,
a very nice nature picture. Excellent presentation of this scene. Perfect composition and colours. Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla.. Beautiful catch and nice framed... Very good composition and sharpness and detail perfect.

Hello Ulla,
45mm! ... what a wasp! ... we do not have any of similar size! ... awesome !....
Thanks for posting this specimen, always with your well-rounded technical quality, good POV and composition commendable.
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Great details of the wasp.
Focus and DoF were perfect.
Outstanding shot!


hello Ulla

great close-up photos of this insect, shot each time
with fine POV and framing, superbly focused great
sharpness and details, i love the frontal POV
of the Altered Image #1 photo, TFS


Good Morning Ulla,

Today thanks to you i learned the exact id of one of my capture which i photographed with my Sigma 500 mm lens during my last Antalya region trip from the antique city Anamurium (Anamur, Mersin province). Therefore i attached a WS as a gift for you my friend in thanks for this help. That is the why i love this site,we are learning together MF! Hope you can like this dedication to you:)
Your post absolutely a great contribution to this site and us!
TFS and have a great day!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-08 4:11]
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Hello Ulla,
Last week I saw a huge wasp like this one and I wondered about the sting of huge creatures like that. May be it isn't so dangerous as it looks. You haven't bee too afraid to take this shot:-) Interesting and natural picture. Beautiful too the Origanum with its special shape .
Have a nice week
Kind regards

Ciao Ulla. Good sharp and light with beautiful natural colours. Right POV.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-08 17:01]

Hello Ulla,
Looking at your macro work is always a pleasure and this one is no different, great work with amazing results. Thank you for sharing.

Hello Ulla. Great photo of this giant wasp. Light, details and composition are splendid.
Best regards

Mmmm, me gusta. La colaración de este insecto lo hace muy atractivo, y tú lo supiste captar con fidelidad. Auque casi al límite, un buen control de la luz.
Buen trabajo Ulla.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-06-11 22:36]

Hi Ulla,

this one also a good close up from this wasp.
This specie never been seen, good detailed, sharpness, blurred bg and pov.
Fine colours.


hello Ulla
I missed this great macro shot. I can visit it newly.
you greatly captured this beautiful colored wasp, with great sharp details. POV/DOF and composition also great.
Workshop from frontal view is very nice too.
I am not sure their species same or different; but I have seen such giant wasps in several times. They were very similar to yours.
thanks for sharing two beautiful shots with good informative notes. best regards

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