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Common wasp

Common wasp
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 2:13
Viewed: 3302
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Vespula vulgaris

These yellow and black wasps are social insects and live in underground nests of up to around 10,000 workers.

The common wasp grows up to 19mm long.

They are omnivorous, feeding on fallen fruit, nectar and carrion, but mostly catching other insects. Common wasps will also attempt to invade honey bee nests to steal their honey.

Common wasps build a paper nest in a hole in the ground. The paper is made by the whasps who chew small amounts of wood from trees, reeds or garden fences and mix it with saliva to form a pulp which is added to the nest in thin strips. The wasps do not construct their own burrow but will choose one which already exists such as an abandoned animal burrow, a garden shed, or the loft of a house.

Workers forage and feed larvae, and cool the nest with water and fanning. Workers will aggressively defend the nest by stinging anything causing a disturbance. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting repeatedly. The venom of the wasp contains a pheromone which acts as an alarm causing other wasps to become more aggressive when a wasps has stung something or has been killed. So it is a bad idea to swat a wasp near its nest site or to attempt to remove the nest yourself.
(source: www.bbc.co.uk/nature/factfiles/427.shtml)

This wasp was having a sunbath. I suppose that the pose this wasp has adopted is a resting posture. But that is just a guess. The antennae are under the thorax enclosed by the forelegs.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-04-01 3:02]

Hello Marie,
you present us a nicely composed and sharp picture of the wasp -
detail rich and in pleasant natural colours.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • gothy Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 2] (254)
  • [2008-04-01 3:18]

Bonjour Marie
Tres belle macro de cette gueppe
L'angle de prise de vue est judicieux et les details sont saisissants

Hello Marie,
Splendid macro shot of this wasp and useful notes. TFS. Regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-01 3:43]

Hello Mariki,
Great shot of this Wasp that looks quite chubby here but it may be due to the angle. Excellent sharpness and colours. I like those legs stretched out showing great details! A very fine composition too!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello friend Marie,
Another splendid close-up capture today. This wasp is the most beautiful creature thanks to you my friend :-). Superb calrity and DOF! Great composition! TFS.

Hi Marie

Good shot of this fat-looking wasp.
Excellent sharpness and good composition
Great POV and DOF


Ciao Marie,
davvero una bella immagine di questa vespa, estremamente nitida, dai colori naturali e dalla luce assai gradevole.
Saluti dalla Sicilia,

Hello Marie
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,composition and POV.Welldone my friend.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-01 8:34]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this Wasp with sharp details and clarity. It stands out well among those green leaves. Superb lighting and colours and you have captured it in a fine pose. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Bonsoir Marie-Christine,
Très mignonne cette petite abeille.
on pourrait penser qu'elle veut se cacher .
Merci pour la belle netteté

A fine, sharply exposed capture with good color definition Marie, must be a reason why the antennae are hidden like this, my friend, hope somebody will enlighten us.

Hello Marie Christine
another great macro capture for one of colorful insects. Very beautiful was species. You captured and presented it with a great composition, POV and lighting. Sharp details very nice, especially large eye looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Very good shot, Marie!
Thank you!

Hello Mariki, really good work here, great composition and wonderful details complemented by the fine colours. Excellent.TFS regards h

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-01 14:09]

!!!!!!!!! Superbe!!!!!!!!Ohi Maire quelle fantastique qualite'! Vraiment une photo parfaite sous tous les points de vue! Mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

Hi Marie Christine.
Splendid macro of this beautiful wasp!
Great colors and excellent sharpness.
Nice work; very well detailed.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Bellissima macro, spettacolare composizione con un interessante ed efficace POV, eccellenti DOF e nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-01 16:50]

Hi Marie.
Great image. Very sharp, I can see every single detail on this Wasp. Great camera work, excellent note.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-01 20:25]

Hello Marie,
Amazingly sharp and colorful image affording us an excellent view of this wasp. Thank you for sharing Marie, great job.

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-04-01 21:37]

Hi Marie Christine,
I am back home again so I can connect without problems.
This picture is a nice portrait of a well known insect, it seems sleeping but surely it was not, very interesting note too
kind regards

Hello Marie,
Veery nice close-up at this common wasp. The wasp is in perfect focus and exposure. Just wonder what the wasp was doing on the leaf. Very well done and tfs.

One of your best macro shots, Marie.
The focus is spot-on and the colours are beautiful.
The yellow of the wasp goes very well with the greenery.
This fellow seems to be taking a little rest on its belly :-)!
Well done and TFS.

Hi Mariki, superb wasp with splendid focus, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola marie, el momento es muy bueno, tiene muy buen enfoque y está muy bien iluminada. Un saludo

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-02 7:28]

Bonjour Marie
Tres jolie composition.Bon PDV et image bien en focus avec d'excellent details.Bonne maitrise de la lumiere.Excellent texte également.
Merci Michel

Hi Mariki,

Very nice photo! I like this composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-02 9:07]

Hello Mariki,
This is a fine macro of a queen Common Wasp taken with good sharpness and detail and from a fine POV. She shows up well against the greenleaves in this fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-02 11:18]

hello marie
good macro photo of this common wasp
i like POV, DOF, light, colours, details and informative note

Hello Marie good sharp shot with excellent DOF well composed also. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-02 18:06]

Bonjour Marie, de mieux en mieux! Tes macros sont superbes et celle-ci est encore meilleure, c'est net et bien exposé! Bravo,


Hi Marie,
A nice capture of this beautiful common wasp in your place. Because it is not seen here and not seen means rare one for me :). Excellent details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Marie
Very nice shot. Nice POV Good DOF and sharpness. Nice natural colors. Nice not disturbing background
Best wishes

Hello Marie. I am allergic to this wasp's sting. My whole body will be ballooning only after two bites. Excellent sharpness of this image and I like the lightness of the composition. Well done. Jusni

Hello Marie,
Fine details in this little fellow!
Macro work is well done, DOF spot on with sharp fine details...
A pleasant composition with fine natural colours!
Pablo -

Bonjour Marie-Christine!

Tu nous présentes une très belle image d'un insecte que nous connaissons tous très bien. Néanmoins, c'est agréable de le voir de façon si nette et si bien mis en scène comme ici. La réalisation technique est parfaite, lumière, couleurs et champ de profondeur sont impeccables.

Bonnes salutations


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