F/ 9 shutter 1/1250 ISO 1250 Shot with sigma 2.8 150 macro. Hand held.
If anyone is curious, that's an SE-5a body on the right......
RuthC: Already in this challenge there are many fantastic entries! I'm not sure how you and the other voters will be able to decide which is the best of the best! For those a bit squeamish about these not-very-friendly stingers, (yes, I admit I'm one), DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT view the entries, or try voting for them just before your bedtime.... :-)Ruth
They are fascinating to watch. Last fall when my shot of the queen was taken I had never seen a queen (of Vespula vulagaris), in fact even as I was chasing her around the bush, I wasn't sure what I was chasing and she was HUGE. Luckily she stopped to hang upside down for a snack. It only lasted for about a min and she was off buzzing around again.
Great shot, anything mid-air is great and two hovers joining the 5' high club is just amazing.
This is also an astounding catch!
Nothing screams awkward like Dragonfly mating....
Caught in action today...
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