Wasps & Hornets

Challenge #37 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us those insects we refer to as wasps, or their larger relatives, hornets. (Order Hymenoptera.) Often they aren't so friendly to those of us who accidentally encounter them or their nests. However, they are very useful, as parasitizers to control most pest insects. Macro and close-up shots welcome. The wasps or hornets, must be outside, on flowers, leaves, flying around, tending their nests, or just doing what they do; NOT under studio lights. No bees, flies or spiders etc. Check Wikipedia for more information about wasps and hornets, or http://bugguide.net/node/view/59/bgpage SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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This is NOT a studio photo. I was eating something when a beautiful hornet landed on one of my black plates where it found a drop of honey.
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Submitted: Saturday, 9th March, 2013 08:44 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 2nd June, 2005
Focal length: 100 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: F16
ISO: 400
Notes: I used a MT-24EX macro twin lite to get rid of the background.
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