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Nesting Wasp

Nesting Wasp
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Copyright: john thurlbourn (jthurlbourn) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (137)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sima 150mm 2.8 APO MACRO DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-15 10:06
Viewed: 3331
Points: 4
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I believe this is a field digger wasp. They normally dig a hole in sandy soil to lay their eggs, than they plug it up with mud and the new born leave the following spring.

This wasp however chose to lay her eggs in plastic rawlplugs in the wall of my garden. There are other holes without plugs and I would have thought more likely to represent a hole in sandy soil, but she used only the ones with plastic rawlplugs in them.

You can see the mud in her jaws to plug the hole.

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Hello John
Great macro of this wasp and I like very much the colors and details.
I like the composition and the DOF.
Welcome to TN, you are going to like it here.
Love your portfolio.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-15 12:32]

Hello John,
an excellent close-up of the wasp with nice colours. The focus plane appears just a little in front of the body (see details of the wall surface and sharp details of hindwing tarsus and tip of right antenna).
Best wishes, Peter

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