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Rubytail wasp

Rubytail wasp
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 9:58
Viewed: 4597
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Rubytail wasp - Chrysis ignita - Family: Chrysididae.
This is a brightly coloured wasp with a metallic red abdomen and bright green head and thorax. These wasps are often noticed searching over hot sun-baked surfaces such as old walls or fence posts.
Ruby tailed wasps are 'parasitoids' meaning that they eventually kill their hosts: the larvae of burrow-dwelling solitary bees. This wasp is a widespread and common species in all areas where there is a suitable host.
Parasitoid. The larvae eat the grubs of burrow-dwelling solitary bees. Adults feed on nectar and pollen.
In the left corner we can see a efensive posture. Curled up so that only the toughest chitin of the wasp is exposed.
On the last shot the bee is starting to fly!!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-08 10:03]

very nice educative collage you have prepared.All the 4 pics are beautiful..the colours in those pictures are amazing

Hi Didier

nice collection with very good details and good POV and composition.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-09 8:36]

Hi Didier.
I am glad to see your new works which you have presented as a wonderful collage. I like amazing diagonal construction of each pictures, superb lighting and fine colours, ultimate details and sharpness of the main subject – charming insect. Bravo and kind regards.

Ciao Didier,
ottima composizione di quattro immagini, tutte ben realizzate, di questa splendida Chrysis.
Una specie molto precoce, evidentemente, visto che l'hai fotografata in febbraio!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-03-10 12:32]

Hi Didier,
Chrysidid wasps are hypernervous tiny creatures and I never arrived in time for any reasonable shot. But you, not only you make a good portrait of the wasp but you even take a shot when flying! The master at work!
Best regards

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-11 5:04]

What a nice insect! Your collage is beautiful and the POVs are great.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-12 0:50]

Bonjour Didier,
It's a very good presentation and a lovely collage of this interesting wasp. All the photos are well composed with a good POV, and focus&sharpness are very nice. Merci

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-13 4:14]

Bonjour Didier, excellent montage de belles captures! Le piqué est super, l'exposition est fantastique et la qualité globale est très grande. Bravo et merci!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-23 21:40]

Hello Didier

A lovely montage of this rubytail wasp.
I was not familiar with this insect before.
The colours and lighting are very good.
Excellent textures and details.


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