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Polistes dominula

Polistes dominula
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-06 2:25
Viewed: 3292
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791)
Family: Vespidae

Polistes dominula (typically misspelled as P. dominulus), sometimes referred to as the European paper wasp, is one of the more common and well-known species of social wasps in Europe. The native range of P. dominula covers much of southern Europe and North Africa, and temperate parts of Asia as far east as China. It is considered an invasive species in Canada and the United States.
Nests are begun by overwintered foundresses, who spend about a month in the spring constructing a nest and provisioning offspring, the first of which will become daughter workers in the growing colony. Males are produced later, and when they start to appear, a few daughters may mate and leave their nest, to become foundresses the next season. The switch from production of workers to production of future foundresses ("gynes") is not utterly abrupt, therefore, as has been considered the case for other species of Polistes.
The colony disperses in the late summer, with only males and future foundresses produced instead of workers, and individuals frequently cluster in groups (called a hibernaculum) to overwinter. Hibernation does not usually take place on former nest sites. (Wikipedia)

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-06 2:30]

Bonjour Catherine,

Excellente image. Extraordinairement réalisations intéressantes et d'y jouer. Avec un peu de couleurs parfaites et le contraste parfait.
Je l'ai dit et je mon papillon dernier dans la collection.
Beaucoup de regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-06 4:28]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image très intéressante et bien présentée avec cette vue sur le nid de guêpes à travers le feuillage. Bon cadrage vertical et excellente netteté, comme toujours.
Un beau dimanche

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-06 4:39]

Hello Catherine,
I've also posted such photo only without wasps. Very good composition, splendid vivid colours in good light.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Catherine!
In TN gallery there is not too many picture of insects with their nests. And here we have good quality picture chowing all family of P. dominula. This fact plus natural light, good sharpness and composition make this photo very unique and good as a documentary image. I like also black frame :>
All the best from Poland,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-06 8:02]

Congratulation for this "dangerous" capture.
Great natural colors, details very good.

Ohhh.. what a coincidence My friend? i also captured this species from similar POV and appearance from Burdur provice (Aegean region). You managed your camera frankly to take such beautiful macro from the colony.
TFS and have anice new week!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-06 10:17]

Hi Catherine. This is such an interesting picture with the wasps and their nest. They all look very busy at their work, Taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. alongs with rich colours. well done TFS.

hello Catherine
very good picture with great details of the nest
beautiful colours and good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-09-06 12:09]

Lovely image of the wasps on their nest. I like the way they all point in the same direction...



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65295)
  • [2009-09-06 14:57]

Salut Catherine,un peu de chance et beaucoup de courage...c'est le jus de ta photo...ehehe...excellente decouverte et magnifique nettete',couleurs tres naturels et magnifique prise de vue.Mes compliments,bonne semaine,LUCIANO

Hello Catherine
Very good and informative picure of these wasps. Nce composition and exposition. Beautiful colours.
I am also impressed by the sharpness, as I was lately trying to photograph
wasps but they were so "busy" that all of them were unsharp.

Ciao Catherine, beautiful wasp house, , splendid natural colors and excellnt sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-07 3:46]

Hello Catherine,
What an impressive view of these Wasps busy on their nest. I love the composition, the light and the colours and details are very sharp. Very well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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