|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2014-10-05|
|Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-10-09 21:08|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791)|
Common name: European paper wasp
Polistes dominula is a very common Polistes species in Crete. The native range of Polistes dominula covers much of southern Europe and North Africa, and temperate parts of Asia as far east as China. It has also been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North and South America.
Polistes dominula generally live in temperate, terrestrial habitats such as chaparral, forest and grassland biomes. They also have the propensity to colonize nearby human civilizations because human-made structures can act as great shelters and also oftentimes located close to the resources such as food.
Its diet is more versatile than that of most Polistes species (many genera of insects versus mainly caterpillars in other Polistes), making it superior over many others during the shortage of resources. The dominant females (queens) are the principal egg layers, while the subordinate females ("auxiliaries") primarily forage and do not lay eggs. This hierarchy is not permanent, however; when the queen (alpha-female) is removed from the nest, the second-most dominant female (beta-female) displaces the role of the previous queen. Dominance in females is determined by the severity of the scattered-ness in the coloration of the clypeus (face), whereas dominance in males is shown by the variation of spots of their abdomens.
Polistes dominula in terms of survivorship is their ability to suffer less nest predation than other Polistes. There were studies conducted that showed Polistes dominula is of a less attractive prey for birds mainly due to their aposematic coloration and also the relatively strong attachment of their comb to the substrate – typically tree branches or human-made structures.
A Key characteristic for ID is the flagellum which almost entirely bright orange (excluding black dorsal streak in basal 3/4 of flagellomere I)(see in picture)
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- [2014-10-10 0:42]
great capture polistes species,thanks..
- [2014-10-10 2:19]
Hi Nikos,this time absolutely perfect! The best dot of fire for great detail everyhwere,an interesting wasp caught with bright colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
this is SUPER good
i like the good sharpness colours and composition
thanks gr lou
- [2014-10-10 8:01]
Very beautiful colours and good sharpness in this attractive macro. It should be even more attractive when there was more space in front of the wasp instead of behind.
Enjoy the weekend,
Hello Nikos - Very well presentation of this Black and yellow Wasp. I like its POV with well sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing with good NOTE. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar
Ciao Nikos, great macro, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end. ciao Silvio
- [2014-10-10 14:33]
I had never seen a wasp with such colors, like this one.
Interesting pattern as well.
- [2014-10-12 5:13]
Boa foto com cores agradáveis parabéns por esta imagem.
Ciao Nikos. Good conmpo excellent details and contrast.