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Cuckoo wasp

Cuckoo wasp
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 6:29
Viewed: 2212
Points: 44
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I'm not so sure about the species, I would suggest Hedychrum nobile. It's a quite small creature, its size was about 10mm. It was posed on a Camomile-flower.

Commonly known as cuckoo wasps, the Hymenopteran family Chrysididae is a very large cosmopolitan group (over 3000 described species) of parasitoid or cleptoparasitic wasps, often highly sculptured, with brilliantly colored metallic-like bodies (thus the common names jewel wasp, gold wasp, or emerald wasp are sometimes used). They are most diverse in desert regions of the world, as they are typically associated with solitary bee and wasp species, which are also most diverse in such areas.

Members of the largest subfamily, Chrysidinae, are the most familiar; they are generally cleptoparasites, laying their eggs in host nests, where their larvae consume the host egg or larva while it is still young, then consuming the provisions. Chrysidines are distinguished from the members of other subfamilies in that most can curl into a defensive ball, in a process known as conglobation. This ability is shared with pill bugs, pill millipedes (which are often mistaken for pill bugs), and armadilloes. Members of the other subfamilies are parasitoids, of either sawflies or walking sticks, and cannot fold up into a ball.(Wikipedia)

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Ciao Anne. Magnificent metallic colours and excelelnte details in a lovely compo. Interesting specie.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-01 7:30]

Hello Anne,
A photo of a wasp in splendid metallic colours. Fantastic composition in great sharpness and details. Very good DOF with a beautiful blurred BG.

You did well to capture this small wasp which never stays still in good detail and from an excellent point of view. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-01 7:41]

Very interesting composition, beautiful wasp and colorful too, on the flower it looks more beautiful. well captured. tfs.

Hello Anne,
A wonderful macro with perfect details and exceptional colors.
Lovely composition with this tiny little wasp climbing on the flower.

hello Anne
very nice picture with good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Anne,
A wonderful macro capture taken from a great POV with lovely colours. Details, sharpness, lighting and OOF BG are perfect. Well done!

Hello Anne
Beautiful clean capture, especially simple with incredible efficient depth of field and white balance ...to die for! The Cuckoo-wasp is perfectly exposed and its striking body colors brings some balance in this frame. Beautifully preserved highlight detail on the daisy petals and fine moderate sharpness .. in other words ...lavoro professionale ;)
George Veltchev

Hi Anne, Fabulous capture of this beautiful specie of Wasp Anne, impressive and striking composition, superb lighting with lovely natural colours, very nice OOF green mottled background, nice and sharp, great stuff here my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


Ciao Anne, wonderful wasp with fantastic metallic colors, lovely composition with beautiful flowers, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-01 13:52]

Salut Anne!
Une vraie beauté! Je suis d'accord avec tous les compliments que tu as reçu.Les fleurs sont là juste pour donne la finesse d´une œuvre d'art! Félicitations, mon amie Anne! Et un grand merci pour partager ton art avec nous!

Hallo Anne,
sehr gut fokussierte Aufnahme von dieser Wespe. Mir gefallen die metallischen Farben und der schön verschwommene Hintergrund ganz besonders gut.
Viele Grüße,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-01 15:36]

Salut Anne,tres belle capture et excellente gestione de la lumiere pour des parfaites couleurs metalliques sans bruler le blanc des fleures,magnifique nettete' et composition aussi.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

another great capture. great sharpness with nice composition and colour.

Fantastic photo Anne! Interesting subject, very good POV, excellent composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-01 22:52]

Bonjour Anne,
J'aime beaucoup l'atmosphère de cette macro. Je suis d'accord avec l'ensemble des commentaires. Vraiment une très ... très ... très belle macro.

Hi Anne,

Beautiful presentation of this colorful wasp with lovely composition.
I like the OOF flower in the BG. Well done & TFS.

hello Anne
a BEAUTY with great sharpness good details and very good light
thanks greeting Paolo

Hello Anne,
I want to do things "back-to-front" here. The oof flower in the pleasant featurelss background makes a beautiful contribution to the effectiveness of the image. Your subject of the flower with the wasp is magnificent with the contrasting colours and shapes, and the excellent dof, all adding up to a fabulous picture. Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

Ciao Anne,
una bella macro di questo insetto multicolore, ottima nitidezza, eccellente composizione come sempre con un perfetto bilanciamento dei vari piani
Grazie e complimenti
Buona domenica
Con amicizia

Liebe Anne,
eindrucksvoll bunt metallisch glänzende Goldwespe, deren irisierende Regenbogenfarben gerade auch in der verhaltenen Farbigkeit dieses Fotos attraktiv zur Geltung kommen.
Ganz besonders besticht auch der auf bloss drei Elemente reduzierte Bildaufbau und dessen starke räumliche Tiefe.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Danke für Deinen Besuch und die freundlichen Worte zu meiner letzten Einsendung! Freue mich immer sehr über Deine ermutigenden Kommentare und werde gerne bald wieder einen Beitrag zu TN senden. Die Fülle der teilweise noch nach Jahren unaufgearbeiteten Bestände an Naturfotografien in meinem Archiv und die nach jedem Ausflug aufs Neue anwachsenden Bildbestände beschäftigen mich oft über den mir zu Gebote stehenden Zeitrahmen hinaus. Doch die Natur um uns gibt immer wieder aufs Neue so viel zu sehen und zu staunen. Freue mich gelegentlich bereits auf die Ruhezeiten der Natur in Herbst und Winter ...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-06 0:27]

Hello Anne,
very lovely presentation of the wasp on the top of the flower. Nice repeating pattern of the flower too. I like the excellent sharpness of the wasp with shiny metallic body.


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