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Old Dec 31, 2007, 12:53 PM   #1
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...for a caterpillar at least.....

Hi all! Long time since I last post here! Wishing you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Anyway, on the new year's eve, I went to a nature reserve to shoot, and on the way back to my car, found a Lynx feeding on a bee...while shooting it, I heard a 'plonk', and saw a paper wasp with a caterpillar falling onto a leaf.....it was a fresh kill, and I am glad I had the opportunity to capture the action.

The paper wasp is really ferocious, and it made 5 trips to make the full use of the meal.....


FZ30+Raynox 250, F11, 1/30s, ISO80, 2 diffuse flash

#1: The start


#2ragging....see the trail of whatever that is....


#3: Dismemberment begins....the dark green stuff is the internal stuff...yucks!


#4: 1st piece


#5: Its first trophy


#6: After round 1...Caterpillar's tail gone...and it was still moving...though slowly....


#7: 2nd attack...off with the head


#8:End of Round 2...no head, no tail


#9:Start of Round 3


#10: Off with another piece


#11:Round 4...commences


#12: Snip!


#13:..and cut...


#14:Away with the 4th piece

#15:Final 5th round


#16: Gleaning off the last remaining bits...


#17: Last and final piece


#18: The final remains....Wasp don't eat internal stuff

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 4:08 PM   #2
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always so wonderful!! Happy New Year!!!
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 6:14 PM   #3
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Outstanding series and excellent macros. It must be taking the pieces back to its nest to feed its larvae.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 8:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Donna, Penolta...yes, it ishould be bringing it back to its nest to feed the little larvae....though I did not see it.
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A very dramatic series captured with your usual macro expertise.
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Old Jan 1, 2008, 1:54 PM   #6
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Very nice series Tan, (not very appetizing though)! # 13, 15, 16, 17 Excellent detail as usual!

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A nice touch of nature. I have a number of shots of things being done up by birds that are probably more gruesome then this, but I won't post them, so it is good to have a subject with green guts to document instead. My favorite single shot is 15.
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 7:55 AM   #8
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Many thanks guys!

Steve, perhaps you should post some of your bird shots? Will be interesting to see it too!
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 5:58 PM   #9
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You are the undisputed Master of Macro photography! There pictures should be published in a scientific journal.
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Detectorist wrote:
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You are the undisputed Master of Macro photography! There pictures should be published in a scientific journal.

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