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Polistes dominula

Polistes dominula
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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: 2012-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-02 5:21
Viewed: 1926
Points: 26
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European Paperwasp
Gallische Feldwespe
Poliste gaulois

Family: Vespidae
Size: 11-15mm
Habitat:Open spaces, meadows, bushes, close to human habitat
Distribution:N'Africa, S-and Central-Europe, temperate Asia

This species is also in its way to North. In N'Germany it usd to be unknown a few years ago and arrived there now too.

The European paper is one of the more common and well-known species of social wasps in Europe. Polistes dominula is often referred to as the European Paper Wasp because of its native distribution and its nests, which are constructed from paper and saliva. Its diet is more versatile than that of most Polistes species, consisting of many genera of insects. The dominant females (queens) are the principal egg layers, while the subordinate females (auxiliaries) primarily forage and do not lay eggs. This hierarchy is not permanent; when the queen is removed from the nest, the second-most dominant female assumes the role of the queen.(Wikipedia)

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So colourful, beautiful, and peaceful "looking"; yet, they can be quite aggressive when meddled with.
Their sting delivers an excruciating pain and it stays for hours.
Moreover, unlike the bee that dies after it stings, the wasp continues on with its life as if nothing had happened.
A well presented image.
Loved your educative notes.
Best and most kind regards from,
Mario in Canada.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-02 6:14]

Salut Anne,elle semble en train de dormir dans cette position etrange,une capture tres originale,avec le meilleurs details sur le visage,tres bonne macro depuis tes archives,en attendant un peu de soleil...ehehe...belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Bonjour Anne

Belle photo avec un excellent POV au niveau
de l'insecte et aussi un très bon DOF
sa tête au focus son corps dans le flou
faisant partie de la beauté du photo, TFS


hallo Anne
very nice details to see of this wasp and also beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Anne, great macro of beautiful wasp, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpnrss, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Anne,
Beautiful picture of this Wasp.I have seen such type of Wasp,but didn't know it is called Paper Wasp.Well captured with splendid colour and details.Nice BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Anne, Great details with natural colours. This wasp looks like it is sleeping.....sleeping beauty. Beautiful depth of field. Thank for sharing

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-05-03 0:08]

Hi Anne,
Axcellent macro shot,amazing colours with excellent focus on the head. Very good composition
and background are too very nice.
Regards Jiri.

Looks like a tired boxer, Anne, ha, ha, ha!
On the serious note, a very sharp macro of this Wasp with rich colours on it.
The green leaf provides apt contrast to its predominantly yellow and black colours.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-05-03 8:52]

Un macro muy bueno Anne! Me gusta la composición y el punto de vista. Gran foco en la cabeza y bonitos y suaves tonos. Enhorabuena. Saludos.

Bonjour Anne,
Voilà une image très soignée de cette bestiole qui, tout jolie qu'elle soit, m'inflige régulièrement de cuisantes rencontres. En tout cas, bravo pour la macro.
Bon week-end,


Hello Anne,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. Splendid photo with perfect focus and lovely colors. Excellent contrast and fantastic sharp details. I love contrast of this wasp against the green colors of the background.
Thanks for sharing!

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