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Bald-Faced Hornet

Bald-Faced Hornet
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 20:19
Viewed: 4336
Points: 16
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Bald-faced Hornet
Vespula maculata

I'm not positive about the identification, if someone knows for sure please let me know.

The Bald-faced hornet is the largest of the three black and white hornets in Alberta. They live in colonies, similar to honey bees. Their nests are made from the hornet chewing bark or wood, making a pulp. Because the hornets bring their pulp back from different trees and bark, beautiful patterns are created on the nest.

Their nests can be huge, and are usually very high up on a tree branch. Hornets are a great insect to have around the garden as they help keep the insect population down on flowers, trees and vegetables.

I really need to get a tripod....another not so clear photo. :((

Hand Held

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-08 22:46]
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Hi Janice,
A tripod is always a good idea but for this shot some fill-flash might help also, it helps to freeze the subject. Quite a fearsome looking beastie with those huge antennae. I like the POV, it's unusual but very effective. Interesting note, good post.

Hi Janice,
A nice shot on this Hornet. Macro work has put me back on the tripod. I found that my hand held shots were soft when you work that close. This still has nice colors and good detail in it.

Hello Janice, excllent one here, perfect details, Bg, POV DOF perfect POV TFS kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-09 12:11]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful macro.Werll caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-09 12:21]

Hi Janice, don't dispare, apart from the obvious which Adrian has given good advice on, your composition here is very good. Just keep your chin up, once you get your tripod there will be no stopping you. TFS.

Bonjour Janice
Très belle photo en macro avec cette guêpe noire qui butine , qualité et couleurs sont au rendez-vous sans parler des détails qui sont magnifiques.

Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Janice,
Pleasant composition and you capture the insect in an interesting position!
Your point of view is good, the image is a bit noisy... maybe lighting was difficult?
Nice presentation and good note!
Pablo -

I never saw that kind of Vespula. Very interesting. She has a very incomum antenna.

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