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Polistes


Polistes
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Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 3:56
Viewed: 3564
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Day with light breeze that was moving the grass. Handheld.

Wasp (from Latin: vespa). Insects himenópteros winged with sting. They can live in solitary form or in group. They differ from the bees in which they do not lose his sting on having stung and not to produce honey. Wasps exist without sting, these do not puncture and have the blue or greenish eyes.

These black and yellow wasps construct to nests of paper in form of ball in attics or low earth. They use the sting quickly, causing panic in people when it appears in search of sweet foods. In order to make the paper with that they make the nest, the common wasps chew fibers of the dead wood and form a paste. A single queen begins to create the nest, but soon she yields the increasing work to a number of workers. The nests can lodge up to 5,000 workers and have a diameter of 50 cm. The workers die in winter, but new queens survive until the following spring. The American yellow wasps, become related with this wasp, live in similar form.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-29 4:03]

Belle macro pour cette guêpe avec les petites fleurs ! Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

Very good shot indeed ! Crisp, well composed and perfectly lighted. But it is not Vespula vulgaris, not even Vespula sp., it is a member of the genus Polistes, I think.
Identification of Hymenoptera (wasps and bees)cannot possibly be done on the basis of the look, even by specialists. In Europe only, there are many different species of those black and yellow wasps, and some are not even wasps!

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