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Cerceris rybyensis

Cerceris rybyensis
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 13:55
Viewed: 2721
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rarities in the backyard:

This is not a common wasp at all, if you have a closer look you will find that the yellow patterning is different. It's a bee-eating digger wasp (Hymenoptera; Crabronidae; Cerceris rybyensis; Bienenjagende Knotenwespe). It's 10-12 mm in size. It sits on wild Aegopodium podagraria, waiting for prey.

From Wikipedia: The genus Cerceris consists of over 1000 described species (and numerous more undescribed) of solitary, predatory wasps, most of which prey on bees or beetles. The adult females dig tunnels in the ground for nesting. The larvae are carnivorous; females hunt for prey on which to lays their eggs, supplying the larvae with paralyzed, living prey when they emerge.

A good place to look for ID: www.rutkies.de/insekten.htm

boreocypriensis, cicindela, Heaven, mariki, Alex99, SelenE, JORAPAVI, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hallo Dieter!

Trotz herrlichem Frühlingswetter greifst du der kommenden Jahreszeit voraus und machst uns so richtig "gluschtig"! Dein Bild is fotografisch perfekt und gibt - zusammen mit dem Text - einem Laien wie mir einen weiteren interessanten Einblick in die Insektenwelt.

As liebs Grüessli


Hello friend Dietrich,

This is a perfect shot of a bee-eating digger wasp with great details and useful information friend! Also a great composition with this beautiful flower! Well done friend!

With my best regards,


Hello Dietrich,
You are right, this insect only looks like a common species, but after "second view" some interesting details are visible. For me especially its abdomen looks very "original", both because of shape and colouration. This is really interesting and nice contribution to TN's diversity of insects! :)
Best greetings,

Hello Dietrich,

Very nice picture of this wasp. Beautiful composition. Very good light and sharpness. Beautiful detail of the legs. Wonderful colours.


PS: thank you also for the address of the site.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 8:43]

Hi Dietrich.
Image of the wasp is simply amazing. You have reproduced even tiniest hair on the body perfectly. All colours are rich, clean and wonderful. I also like the reflection of the white flowers. Exposure is very good as well as the common composition and framing of the image. My compliments and TFS.

your macro lens is quite good in creating faster shoys to give good details. congrats

Ciao Dietrich,
un imenottero veramente particolare e affascinante, quello che hai così bene fotografato.
Anche io ho avuto alcune occasioni di incontro con questa specie, ma non sono ancora riuscito ad ottenere una foto nitida come la tua.

Belle netteté pour cet insecte aux couleurs bien vivies.
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 1:49]

Hi Dietrich,
Nice capture of this bee-eating digger wasp with good focus, sharpness, lighting and details. TFS

Hola Dietrich,
Magnífica toma la que nos muestras con bonita composición y gran definición mostrando los detalles de este insecto, excelente luz y bonito posadero, gracias por compartirlo. Saludos
José Ramón

Lieber Dietrich,
gestochen scharf im strahlend hellen Frühsommerlicht portraitierte Wespe, die sich dem Eingeweihten als Seltenheit offenbart. Erstaunlich, welche Vielfalt sich in unseren Breiten unter den Wespen finden lässt - Entdeckerfreude teilt sich mit! Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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