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Polistes dominula

Polistes dominula
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-09 21:08
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Points: 18
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Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791)
Hymenoptera: Vespidae
Common name: European paper wasp

Polistes dominula is a very common Polistes species in Crete. The native range of Polistes dominula covers much of southern Europe and North Africa, and temperate parts of Asia as far east as China. It has also been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North and South America.

Polistes dominula generally live in temperate, terrestrial habitats such as chaparral, forest and grassland biomes. They also have the propensity to colonize nearby human civilizations because human-made structures can act as great shelters and also oftentimes located close to the resources such as food.

Its diet is more versatile than that of most Polistes species (many genera of insects versus mainly caterpillars in other Polistes), making it superior over many others during the shortage of resources. The dominant females (queens) are the principal egg layers, while the subordinate females ("auxiliaries") primarily forage and do not lay eggs. This hierarchy is not permanent, however; when the queen (alpha-female) is removed from the nest, the second-most dominant female (beta-female) displaces the role of the previous queen. Dominance in females is determined by the severity of the scattered-ness in the coloration of the clypeus (face), whereas dominance in males is shown by the variation of spots of their abdomens.

Polistes dominula in terms of survivorship is their ability to suffer less nest predation than other Polistes. There were studies conducted that showed Polistes dominula is of a less attractive prey for birds mainly due to their aposematic coloration and also the relatively strong attachment of their comb to the substrate – typically tree branches or human-made structures.

A Key characteristic for ID is the flagellum which almost entirely bright orange (excluding black dorsal streak in basal 3/4 of flagellomere I)(see in picture)

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-10-10 0:42]

Hello Nikos,
great capture polistes species,thanks..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-10 2:19]

Hi Nikos,this time absolutely perfect! The best dot of fire for great detail everyhwere,an interesting wasp caught with bright colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Nikos
this is SUPER good
i like the good sharpness colours and composition
great shot
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-10 8:01]

Hello Nikos,
Very beautiful colours and good sharpness in this attractive macro. It should be even more attractive when there was more space in front of the wasp instead of behind.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Nikos - Very well presentation of this Black and yellow Wasp. I like its POV with well sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing with good NOTE. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Ciao Nikos, great macro, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end. ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-10-10 14:33]

Hi Nikos
I had never seen a wasp with such colors, like this one.
Interesting pattern as well.


Hello Nikos,
Belle capture pour cette guêpe bien colorée et bien nette. Surtout bravo pour la profondeur de champ pas facile à maitriser avec ces insectes.

Boa foto com cores agradáveis parabéns por esta imagem.

Ciao Nikos. Good conmpo excellent details and contrast.


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