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Old Jul 22, 2011, 1:07 PM   #1
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 3:45 PM   #2
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Nice shot Clint. Is there a reason that he is called a "Digger", maybe a hole digger?

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Yes, they do dig burrows.

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Wasps of the genus Sphex (commonly known as digger wasps) are cosmopolitan predators of the family Sphecidae that sting and paralyze prey insects. There are over 130 known digger wasp species. In preparation for egg laying, they construct a protected "nest" (some species dig nests in the ground, while others use pre-existing holes) and then stock it with captured insects. Typically, the prey are left alive, but paralyzed by wasp toxins. The wasps lay their eggs in the provisioned nest. When the wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the paralyzed insects.
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Clint,

nice shot of a very interesting insect. It seems, that you used a flash, didn't you?

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Wasps scare me, you're a courageous man to get so close...
Excellent shot.
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Old Jul 23, 2011, 1:27 PM   #7
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Clint,

nice shot of a very interesting insect. It seems, that you used a flash, didn't you?

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Wasps scare me, you're a courageous man to get so close...
Excellent shot.

Stefan - I used the flash on that one. That way I can keep it at ISO 100 and get good DOF as well as freeze movement.

Saly - this digger wasp didn't mind at all if I got close. Generally I've found wasps not very aggressive unless you get close to their nest.
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Yes, they do dig burrows.

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Wasps of the genus Sphex (commonly known as digger wasps) are cosmopolitan predators of the family Sphecidae that sting and paralyze prey insects. There are over 130 known digger wasp species. In preparation for egg laying, they construct a protected "nest" (some species dig nests in the ground, while others use pre-existing holes) and then stock it with captured insects. Typically, the prey are left alive, but paralyzed by wasp toxins. The wasps lay their eggs in the provisioned nest. When the wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the paralyzed insects.

Thanks for the info Clint. You do know your bugs.

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Thanks jj - I've always been interested insects.
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