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Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-16 19:17
Viewed: 3582
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
Something a little different from me today an insect, don't faint. I shot this image in the Cypress Hills Provincial Park last summer and Lucy thought I was nuts, she is petrified of them but for good reasons she in highly allergic to their sting. Me not so much it just HURTS. with that being said I find if your calm they usual are calm too.

Paper Wasp
Polistes fuscatus

General Description

By Nora Bryan

The large Paper Wasp (18 mm ) is found only in southeastern Alberta. It is slender, black and yellow with a spindle-shaped abdomen and the narrowly constricted waist that wasps are known for. Besides their black and yellow striping, casual bugwatchers out in the field can look for the characteristic way wasps hold their wings folded longitudinally and held at each side when at rest. Don�t be fooled by the various flies and even moths that mimic striped wasps.

The delicate paper nest is constructed beneath an overhang and consists of a single somewhat circular horizontal layer of open cells. The cells are closed up when the larva pupates. Paper wasps are not terribly aggressive but they will fight to protect the nest like all stinging social insects.

Adults hunt for caterpillars and other soft-bodied treats for the developing larvae. The adults feed at flowers like goldenrod.
from Weaselhead.org

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hello Rick

beautiful photography of these bees over their nest,
fine POV, appropriate framing, fine focus sharpness
and details, beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hi Rick,
Excellent shot showing the wasps' "home". Simple yet effective composition, great lights, DOF and sharpness. A plesant image to look at. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards from Hungary (Europe), László

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-16 23:50]

Hi Rick,
Beautiful capture.Well seen and composed.Excellent
POV,details and sharpness.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-17 1:22]

Hi Rick
What a interesting home for this wasp!
Great details and texture.

Hello Rick,

This is different from you for sure. Well taken with lovely colors, details & setting. Wasps stings & attacks are not pleasant at all.

TFS & take care out there...best wishes!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-17 11:59]

Hello Rick,
Definitely a surprise from you and a fantastic close capture of these Wasps busy at their nest! Looks like the beautiful nest is in a fruit tree? Excellent sharpness and natural colours and a very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-17 13:13]

Hello Rick.
Beautiful shot, with brilliant colours and very sharp details. Exposure is spot-on and the BG puts more emphasis on the subject.
Best regards Siggi

hello Rick,
thank you very much for your good wishes in my anniversary photo!
different and very beautiful moment, with very good colors and clarity, it's a very beautiful photo!
keep photographing my friend! TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-17 14:55]

Hi Rick,you was brave to go so close this paper wasp..ehehe...and what a beautiful pic,nice to see somethnig new on TN,great quality of sharpness and colors in a very nice composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-17 15:14]

Hi Rick,

I'm with Lucy - how could you get so close to these wasps? I'm allergic to them too but just to be stung by one is enough. Great shot so your risk paid off. It is fascinating to see this nest in such great condition. The wasps are in perfect focus and looks so innocent. We never know what to expect from you.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-18 0:25]

Fine capture of the nest of paper wasp with one just hovering at the entrance. tfs.

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