|Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi)
|Date Taken: 2015-09-20|
|Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-09-21 2:23|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|For other uses, see Wasp (disambiguation).|
A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. This means that wasps are paraphyletic with respect to bees and ants, and that all three groups are descended from a common ancestor; the Apocrita form a clade.
The most commonly known wasps such as yellow jackets and hornets are in the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex determination in Hymenoptera, as it makes sisters exceptionally closely related to each other. However, the majority of wasp species are solitary, with each adult female living and breeding independently. Many of the solitary wasps are parasitoidal, meaning that they raise their young by laying eggs on or in the larvae of other insects. The wasp larvae eat the host larvae, eventually killing them. Solitary wasps parasitize almost every pest insect, making wasps valuable in horticulture for biological pest control of species such as whitefly in tomatoes and other crops.Wasps first appeared in the fossil record in the Jurassic, and diversified into many surviving superfamilies by the Cretaceous. They are a successful and diverse group of insects with tens of thousands of described species; wasps have spread to all parts of the world except for the polar regions. The largest social wasp is the Asian giant hornet, at up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in) in length; among the largest solitary wasps is the giant scoliid of Indonesia, Megascolia procer. The smallest wasps are solitary chalcid wasps in the family Trichogrammatidae, some of which are just 0.2 millimetres (0.008 in) in length.
Wasps play many ecological roles. Some are predators, whether to feed themselves or to provision their nests. Many, notably the cuckoo wasps, are kleptoparasites, laying eggs in the nests of other wasps. With their powerful stings and conspicuous warning coloration, often in black and yellow, wasps are frequent models for Batesian mimicry by non-stinging insects, and are themselves involved in mutually beneficial Müllerian mimicry of other distasteful insects including bees and other wasps. Wasps have appeared in literature from Classical times, as the eponymous chorus of old men in Aristophanes' 422 BC comedy Σφῆκες (Sphēkes), The Wasps, and in science fiction from H. G. Wells's 1904 novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, featuring giant wasps with three inch long stings. The name "Wasp" has been used for many warships and other military equipment.(Wikipedia)
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- [2015-09-21 2:30]
Hi Siggi,great macro of this wasp with a correct exposure on the difficult clear background,the sharpness too is excellent from the head to the...end...ehehe...curious and original perspective too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic wasp, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2015-09-21 6:41]
Fine sharp detailed macro of this wasp. Beautiful natural colours. Taken from an original POV.
- [2015-09-21 6:50]
Very beautiful and interesting comandos pose :)
Colors,sharpness,light and bg. are excellent.Congrats.
Thanks for sharing.
With best wishes,Mihaylo.
very nice picture with good details of this wasp
thanks gr lou
- [2015-09-21 19:41]
Maybe a little too close for comfort, as it appears to have it's eyes fixed on you. Super sharp focus displaying excellent detail. Beautiful natural colors and plenty of DOF due to your f/18 aperture setting. A wonderful macro shot!!
You shows us this wasp from a very close view, so we can see all the sharp details on his body, good natural colors and superb lighting
Have a good night`
Very well captured this Wasp. Excellent composition and BG. Nice color and good light on the Wasp.
Thanks for showing this beautiful Wasp,