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Do wasps make honey?

Do wasps make honey?
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Copyright: Cem Sozer (Comandante) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 841 W: 38 N: 430] (1408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-02
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-03 3:43
Viewed: 9501
Points: 79
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday we were with Şebnem(dew77) on photo safari at our fathers garden.This photo was taken there.We were very suprised when saw this scane,a wasp was at the pine tree and made honey(or different thing).I think it will be a good material for hard criticers because of the poor sharpness,POV,disturbing BG....etc;).Sometimes(also on this case) we haven’t any time to check and control all parameters and must be fast.(I had no time to say the wasp:”Please look at into my camera and smile;)).Well quality of this photo is poor but I liked the moment and wanted it to share with you.I cropped the image a lot and rotate it 180 degrees at PS.I sent the original image as workshop.I weared my helmet and waiting on your critiques.Have a nice week and hope you’ll like it.

Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
European Wasp
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Vespinae
Genus: Vespula

Yellowjackets are black-and-yellow wasps of the genus Vespula or Dolichovespula (though some can be black-and-white, the most notable of these being the baldfaced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata). They can be identified by their distinctive combination of black-and-yellow color, small size (slightly larger than a bee), and entirely black antennae.
Like some other vespids, they live in colonies and build globular paper nests. Workers are around 12-20 mm in length, depending on species, and feed on nectar, while collecting other foods (primarily arthropods) for their larvae. They can sting repeatedly with relatively little provocation, especially in response to nest disturbance, and so can be major pests. In autumn, they switch from collecting arthropods and nectar to scavenging other food sources, which can increase their contact with people.
Dolichovespula species' nests tend to be exposed, whereas Vespula species build concealed nests, usually underground.
European Yellowjackets (Vespula germanica or Vespula vulgaris) were originally native to Europe, but are now established in North America, southern Africa, New Zealand, and eastern Australia.
These wasps are responsible for at least three deaths in North America, when a man named Earl Wells fell from his ladder into their underground nest, when a man named Albert Wellner disturbed a swarm with his lawnmower, and when a small boy named Harrison Johnson found a swarm in his backyard.
Yellowjacket nests usually last for only one season, dying off in winter. The nest is started by a single queen, and typically can reach the size of a basketball by the end of the season.
Camera:Nikon D70
Lens :Sigma 180 HSM macro
Shooting mode:Manuel
Shutter speed:1/125
ISO speed :400

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Belgesel tadında iyi yakalanmış bir kare.Hiç böylesini görmemiştim.Tebrikler..Selamlar..

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-03 4:17]
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Hi Cem!

I bet it was great day for you both :-)
As you said - quality isn't best, but for me not only quality is important. This is superb scene. I don't know if wasps make honey but it is possible. Or maybe it is material to build their nest? Anyway, I envy you opportunity to watch this great nature show! Two points - not for quality but for moment and very interesting observation. Good work Cem and Şebnem!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-03 4:32]

Hello Cem,
The quality isn't great,but its not so bad either!
The capture itself is great and I like the POV with the thing in its mouth.
The background is fine and it gives a nice contrast with the colours of the wasp.
Good work,well done and TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-03 4:39]

Hello Cem!
2 points for your courage,informotive note,great moment and composition.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-03 5:40]

Hello Cem!
Amazing moment.I'd never seen this scane before(my father is a beekeeper;)).I think,it's too close and at enough quality.Thanks for posting.

Hi Cem,
This is very close!
Great cropping, very sharp and detailed.

Hi Cem,
An excellent effort on this close/up of what appears to be pine sap. This may be used as glue for the nest which is like paper. Pine sap is very sticky.
Well seen.


Hello Cem, Dramatic closeup! Although the quality is not your best, a great shot with clear details..Excellent note, TFS!

Hi Cem,
You are right to specify that it is some time quite difficult to make the correct adjustments for a photograph when the subject is impatient to leave you ;-)
This known as, your photograph does not miss interest and I find that you made a success of an excellent shot there. The details and the colours are very well.
TFS, cordially,

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-03 11:54]
  • [3] [+]

Hi Cem, good shot and a well observed event. No, wasps don't make honey. Wasp grubs are fed on a variety of things but mainly insects captured and hacked into convenient sized pieces by the adults, they will take other carrion too, leave some meat out and you'll often find a wasp there. In return for bringing the meat the wasp grubs will exude a sweet/sugary solution which the adults eat. That's why wasps have a sweet tooth and the adults will eat/drink sugar solutions, ripe fruit and as here sap. When, at the end of the season there is no more grub production and hence no more grubs producing the sweet fluid, the adults then forage for food and crave sweet things like our soda drinks, rotten fruit etc...they also can get a little aggresive at that time.

There's alot of sugar in sap and it would be a good meal.

The picture is certainly not your best but it captures well the action and illustrates the question you asked.

One point for the photo and one point for the observation and note :-)

PS, I think you have a few dust spots on your sensor!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-03 12:52]
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the macro is wel taken Cem,
the big question is how close is nice, the shot in you ws is also nice, the details here are good, the pov can be done better, and I believe the crop can be done also better, but even Cem I like the good idea and the fact is that you put the orginal on the WS. And that's very good.
gr. Jaap

Cem, no doubt this is a great moment. The picture is really worthwhile posting.

You yourself mentioned the not so good quality of the image, but we know you can do much better.

Since you posted the original shot, I tried a workshop through it.

Paul (PDP) mentioned the dust spots. Better to check it.


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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2005-08-03 16:04]

It's so close. I don't like this insects, but I like your pictures :) Superb macrocrop. Great work Cem!

  • Good 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-03 18:09]

Great capture, excellent note. The rainbow-coloured spots (chromatical aberration?) are a bit distracting, crop may be a bit too close to be really pleasing to the eye, but then the focus clearly is on showing the scene. Which you did very well, TFS,

Extreme close up Cem,
Good POV. As you say, the quality isn't the best, but you've got the moment, and explained it very well.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

Rica em detalhes, cor e luz perfeita.

Hi Cem,
I Love this extreme closeup. While maybe not technically perfect, It is an excellent capture. The main point is you got the shot. As you say, they move, light is not always going to be good, not enough time to make everything perfect.
I like it.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-08-04 0:04]

Great macro my friend.Details are very impressive.Colors,focus,notes very good.TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-04 3:37]

Hello Cem,
In this case the quality is not a problem, we know that you make wonderful shots when you have time ;-)
Also, the comment of Paul is good to complete yours.
So, 1 for the photo and 1 for the note ;-)

Hi Cem!
Wonderful shot! So close... I've never be so close to insect! :-)))

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-04 9:22]

Hi Cem!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
A not easy shot.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Well seen and well done.

An extreme closeup this is Cem and a very interesting post. The detail is there but the image is a little soft. 5/10 Kind regards, Steve.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-05 0:24]

Fantastic macro Cem i like the close-up details, colours is great but sharpness is'nt sharp, however the composition is great, good work and thanks for posting,

Have a great day my friend,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-05 4:48]
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*POV:4, great.

*DOF:3, At f16 I would expect a far sharper image than this. What is is? Motionblur (can't be the case at 1/125 can it?) or too severely cropped?

*Composition:4, Close, very close, but almost too close.

*Details:3, Details got lost because of the soft focus.

*Exposure:4, Very decent, but some hot spots are breaking through (f.e. on the yellow patch under the eye).

*Colors:4, All colors look very natural.

*Note:5, Couldn't be better. Thanks!

*X-factor:3, Such close pics often get me going, but because of the noise and the soft focus, this picture just doesn't do enough for me.

Scale 1-5, 5 is the best.

Hello Cem,

In case you missed the recent chit-chat on the forum: since the day before yesterday I have a new way of writing critiques and awarding points. I hope you like my new way of writing critiques. If you don't, just tell me.

I think you cropped too fiercely in this case to try and get a very close close-up. The picture became grainy/noisy that way. I also think the focus is too soft. I do like the colors a lot. Your note is fantastic. A simple black border often does wonders for a photo. Too bad you didn't include one. TFS!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-05 5:07]

Excellent shot Cem, superb macro shot! Good composition, detials and colours. You are so close that I can even see the light reflection on its eyes! Very nice shot... and a great note! :) Good job! Thanks for sharing. :) Have a good weekend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-05 6:56]

Hi Cem, what a monster! And as you said, you have to move fast to catch them. It's a good capture, but I think maybe a bit too close, but still an amazing sight. It's a bit scary to be so close to the wasp. Your information is good, and so were Paul's notes very interesting too. Well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-05 10:43]

Hello Cem, pour une macro c'est une macro !!! Super composition and very good sharpness. Very well done, TFS Didier.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-05 14:54]

merhaba Cem,
oldukça ilginç olmuş, uzun uzun baktırıyor... tamer beyin dediği gibi tam belgesel...
eline gözüne sağlık...
tebrikler :)

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-06 10:07]
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Merhaba.. yakınlık gerçekten kompozisyon gibi harika..
detaylarda öyle..
sadece birazcık daha netlik fena olmazdı gibi ;)
TFS :)

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-08-08 2:39]

This is a very interesting post and close-up is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Hi Cem!

I was so happy to see a post from you. I agree, this isn't your best shot technically but is a wonderful POV and great capture. For that, you get 2 points!

Have a good week,


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-09 11:56]

Very good macro. Nice colours. Interesting note. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Cem, great macro, colours and sharpness. Only one thing is that I would erase the dark spots here and there on the photo. (in the blue areas).

Take care. Yan

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-08-11 22:56]

Muito bom!! Nitidez, com boa profundidade pela qualidade da macro. Cores e composição ótimas.
WS do Lívio está ótimo!

Hello Cem! I really like this shot! Nature doesn't wait for photographers, sometimes we must seize the moment, and the macro is marvellous! There is nothing soft about a wasp, it is all sting and angles, bright colours and prickly hairs and you have captured it well!! Very good notes too! Well done! Thanks, Linda

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-09-23 6:11]

Hello Cem!
You caught a great moment.I liked POV,composition and your note very much.Thanks for posting.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-09-30 8:40]

Interesting shot!as shot dont make any impact,after reading ur note it makes sense.
Bee&eater something cloeup,never seen one.
Very nice.

Great macro shot. Good DOF control.



hi cem
magnifique macro,tres belles couleurs et beaucoup de details.bon week end.

great shot with great details! Nice macro with beautiful colours and light!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-25 4:05]

Hi Cem
Very good macrao shot. Great colours and sharpnes. Also good note and compose.
well done Cem


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