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This is my rock

This is my rock
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 6:21
Viewed: 3104
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An unknown wasp species.
I found it in budderoo National Park and I was amused that it kept coming back to the same rock over a five minute period. It would take off, zoom around the open area for a while, then return to teh rock. I assume it was looking for prey.
Thanks for looking

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Excellente présentation, preuve que les gros plans ne sont pas toujours nécessaires.
Bonne journée.

Interesting picture. I like this comosition which tells us as much about the environment than about the insect itself.
I believe it is a parasitic wasp, most likely family Gasteruptiidae, and a male. Unless it is some closely related family endemic to Australia ?... If I am right, it was probably garding a mating territory, rather than a hunting ground.

Hello Chris scary looking wasp nice macro good detail wish we had the wildlife you got downunder. well composed. tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Chris,
Nice showing of this mean looking wasp. Great pov, sharpness, and color contrast. Very well done and tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-14 11:04]

Hello Chris,
Interesting shot showing this parasitic wasp from a very nice low POV. Sharp details and good light. I like the colour of the background. I have noticed these kind of wasps coming and going as you describe. I suppose they're keeping guard!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-14 11:11]

Hello Chris,
Interesting species of wasp you have captured.
I'm not an expert but it looks like Digger wasp looking for a grub to bury and feed its young.
This is sharp and well presented with nice diffuse and contrasting Bg.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Chris!
Very interesting and nice composition! Maybe a little to dark, but I really like it.
TFS and best greetings,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-14 14:45]

Hi Chris!
It really looks angry and predator like,nice catch, I hoppe someone ID's it because it really looks interesting!

Hello Chris,
Great composition and fine lighting. Nice camera work!

Regards, Peter

Hello Chris,
I like this title which is most appropriated to this picture, lol. It is the first time I see this kind of wasp. It doesn’t look very friendly with this dark color. Details, POV and composition are good and I like to see this environment too. It is its rock! :-) Thanks,

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