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Transport in progress

Transport in progress
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 3:30
Viewed: 2976
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This week I made a hike in vatmark alhagen when I was interupted due to a transport in progress over the main pad,a diggerwasp was transporting his prey (probably larva of knot grass moth) ,as I had to wait for the crossing I managed to take a few shots,hope you like it and thanks for watching,

Digger Wasps are not closely related to the Spider Wasps, but behave accordingly. They are not very specialized and use all kinds of animals, mainly the larvae of insects , such as butterflies, moths, locusts and flies, but adults and spiders as well. These are paralyzed and then transported to the nest, often a self digged hole in the ground. Some of the better known Digger Wasps have a very characteristic body, and are therefor immediately identified as wasps. In our garden we see the large Sand Digger Wasp regularly. For the larvae may be meat eaters, the adults feed on pollen! This is a large species, that can be well over two centimeters (or 0.8")in length. They are closely related to the Pemphredon species. These however are much smaller, some measuring no more than 0.2 centimeters (or 0.08"). Their body is also much shorter, for they lack the prolonged waist common in the sand digger wasps. Their larvae feed on cicadas, plant lice or even thrips, which mother hides in existing openings in wood, twigs or reet, rather than digging one in the ground. There are some 800 species world wide.

most likely this is a Sand Digger Wasp (Ammophila sabulosa)

Knot Grass, Acronicta rumicis

The Knot Grass is a medium-sized, slightly variable Noctuid. Usually well marked, but less marked and very dark animals also appear regularly, some almost black. The caterpillars are colorful and very hairy, an exception among the Noctuids. The basic color is brown or black. On the back the caterpillar has white spots and groups of brown hairs. Along the sides runs a red line interrupted by white spots. On it we see bundles of brown hairs as well. The spiracula are visible as clear small white spots, just above the colorful line. The caterpillar of the Knot Grass reaches a length of some 35 to 40 mm. The larvae feed on a great variety of plants, such as low growing Broad-leaved Dock and Water Mint, higher growing plants, such as thistles and hop, shrubs, including bramble and Hawthorn and trees, especially sallows. In gardens sometimes found eating roses.

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Wowowow, che incontro...
Bella foto Paul!
Ottimi dettagli e bella composizione.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-04 6:00]

Hello Paul
What a special capture you made. Never seen such a creature. A nice composition.
Well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-04 7:04]

Hello Paul, excellent shot with a good timing and perfect sharpness too. Struggel for life!! Well done , Didier.

Hello Paul, excllent work, perfect details, excllet action, seems to be a war, excllent POV, nice work, TFS Kyle

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-04 13:25]

Hi Paul,
good captured scene, superb quality of macro, nice colours. I like this work. Well done.
Gr., Aleksander

prachtige macro Paul,
de pov is uitstekend, de details zijn super en de voorstelling is zeer goed, goed werk.
gr. jaap

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-19 11:36]

great shot of the wasp and the food for its children, paul! :-)
excellent pov, well composed and showing all the nice details
perfectly sharp.
wonderful job & have a great weekend, thorsten.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-19 16:12]

Hello Paul,
You present a clear macro and well composed depicting digger wasp behaviour and good info.

Very nice shot!
Great compo and details!

Grat shot of these insects. Very good colours and composition. Also the description is great - for both insects: wasp and caterpilar. Thanks


Hello Paul!
Anothe very interesting picture from your collection. And this one is also a very good documentary photo. I had oportunity to observe A. sabulosa many times during my studies on Cicindelidae beetles, and as you know both these groups co-occur on sandy areas. It is always nice to watch the how the life is going in the words of insects... :)
Here we have a good composition, interesting POV and good DOF and very informative note - all what I would like to found in every presentation on TN :)
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-05 18:18]

Hi Paul,
well seen in excellent nature in action. Well taken and well shown.
I like this different interest between the creature.
Wonderful presentation.


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