Potter Wasp ...

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, May 22, 2011.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    ... at sundown, roosting in the same tall grass as the bees. Has something attached to its front left foot, I've seen the same attached to a flies foot and a Butterflies proboscis - some kind of pollen pack I think.

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    Panny G1 + Oly 35/f3.5 - EXIF is in the file.
     
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  2. tomrock

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    I'm speechless. That's a remarkable picture.
     
  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Another brilliant shot Mark. How did you get in that position without the thing flying away?
     
  4. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Icon. The position is about 2 inches away, these wasps can be 1.5 inch long, as you probably know from out your way. The time of day and the temperature are the primary determining factors. If it's warm enough they will fly away even after sundown, and they won't settle before the sun is actually going down. So there's a short window of opportunity. You've just got to be there already and moving like a cat in the grass. (:)

     
  5. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Cheers Tom.

     
  6. WT21

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    Speechless is the right term here. Thanks for sharing the shot!
     
  7. greyelm

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    Malcolm
    Stunning. :2thumbs:
     
  8. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks for the info. It's getting pretty cold here on the plains and there's not much in the way of things moving about but I'll see how I go. I'll try the 14-45mm and see how close I can get with it for starters.
     
  9. carpandean

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    :eek:

    You get 2 inches away from that thing?!
     
  10. You are very good with this lens Marc. BRAVO.
     
  11. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks WT, appreciated.

     
  12. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Greyelm, appreciated.

     
  13. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yep, and one inch at closest focus - hard to light properly.

     
  14. MarkB1

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    Thanks Hera, much appreciated.