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Old Aug 27, 2010, 1:21 PM   #1
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Well the rain finally died down enough for me to take the camera out after the last lot of dragonfly photo's. The few dragonflies I saw were too busy hunting over the fields to land and pose for me, so thought I would try my hand at wasps to kill time in case a dragonfly landed.

Always liked the look of wasps, but never really had the nerve to try 1:1 on them, when I try it with less aggressive things like bumblebees, they usually get annoyed and size me up for a fight. Luckily these wasps were too busy enjoying blackberries to care about my flashgun.



I like the above one mostly for the berry, the texture and seeping of it's precious juices.





Again, love the texture on these berries, never bothered taking shots of them this close before.



Content after his(?) meal, settles down to have a wash.

And finally, managed to get a photo of those elusive leafhopper wings, not quite the shot I was hoping for, but wow, the colour of them is amazing. Had to fudge the white balance a bit, which is why the leafhoppers are rather lurid, but that is the right colour of the wings. The batteries in the flash started dying after the wasp photo's, so was only firing at 1/3 normal power.


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Old Aug 27, 2010, 2:21 PM   #2
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Some cracking shots in there Ash. ! Be careful when the wasps start to get drunk on fermented fruit !! Those leafhoppers are just gorgeous - lovely shot of them mating.
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Great Shots, Ash!
Really like the wasp head shot. I've only managed one shot of a leaf hopper but, he wasn't as pretty as yours, just plain green.
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 5:09 AM   #4
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Thanks both!

It's a love/hate relationship with the leafhoppers, while they are interesting little bugs to (try to) take photo's of, their tendency to see you coming a mile off, and start scattering scares off other bugs.
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Dynamite shots Ash. I've seen lots of bee shots but not many wasps. I like the bright contrasting black and yellow markings.

You nailed these!

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Thanks Kel!

I know GW has taken shots of those crazy red wasps you get in the states, but yeah not many of the generic yellow/black types. I think it's because they are just so unpredictable and fierce. I only took this chance as they seemed hell bent on eating, and were ignoring everything else.

I also saw one of those massive European Giant Hornets briefly, my god that thing was massive, was probably a good 2 or 2 1/2 inches long. Tried sneaking up on it, but it was pretty fast and didn't hang around for long.
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Great photos as always! It is indeed hard to sneak up on "bugs" with eyes that are designed to catch movement, and that can look almost all ways at once! Your patience and skill have definitely paid off. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks mole!

Appreciate the kind words.
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