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Jul 15, 2020 1:48 PM CST
Name: Alan
Merseyside
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An acquaintance has set up a hide and reflection pool to photograph these German Wasps, Vespula germanica. They are attracted by honey solution squirted into the edge of the water. I shot over 1400 photographs in a little over an hour, and most were rubbish, but I got plenty of keepers. I never thought I would ever get photos like these!

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Jul 15, 2020 6:36 PM CST
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Amazing photos, Alan. Great job.
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Jul 15, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
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I suppose you're bound to get a few good ones, but these are incredible!

No stingers?
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Jul 16, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Name: Dirt
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Wow--That is sooo neat! Well done Smiling
We have a very popular drinking pool...
please, tell us what the set up is --the lighting is fantastic!
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Jul 16, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Name: Zoë
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Those are breathtaking. Thank you sharing them.
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Jul 16, 2020 1:17 PM CST
Name: Alan
Merseyside
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dirtdorphins said:
please, tell us what the set up is --the lighting is fantastic!

They were lit by a slave flash on each side of the camera. The hide had mesh to keep the wasps out, with the camera pointing through. (One wasp did get in but it behaved itself.) For the flight shots there was a small piece of wood in the pool for the wasps to land on so that they would all be at about the same distance. The background is just the black of the pool at the rear - you could add a green background if you prefer.
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Jul 17, 2020 7:41 AM CST
Name: Dirt
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Ours is a really cool rock out in the open...will need to ponder on that a bit.
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Jul 17, 2020 12:25 PM CST
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Wow! Those are amazing photos, Alan. Nicely done and all your behind the scenes work looks like it paid off Thumbs up
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Jul 18, 2020 2:25 AM CST
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Spectacular photos. I love them. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Many thanks for sharing them, Alan.
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Aug 8, 2020 8:21 AM CST
Name: Mary
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pikaia said:An acquaintance has set up a hide and reflection pool to photograph these German Wasps, Vespula germanica. They are attracted by honey solution squirted into the edge of the water. I shot over 1400 photographs in a little over an hour, and most were rubbish, but I got plenty of keepers. I never thought I would ever get photos like these!

Canon 180mm macro on Canon 7Dii. These are all selective enlargements from part of the frame, sometimes considerably so.



Those are amazing photos!
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Jan 31, 2021 4:07 AM CST
Name: Alan
Merseyside
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One of my wasp photos has won first prize in an international competition run by the Royal Entomological Society!

https://www.nationalinsectweek...

"This brilliant image reminded the judges of those classic wildlife photography shots of antelope drinking around a water hole on the African savannah. To see this in a much-maligned insect like the wasp made for a striking and memorable photograph."
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Jan 31, 2021 8:25 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Great photo, something to be very proud off!
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Jan 31, 2021 8:48 AM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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Congratulations!
Your photo is certainly worthy I tip my hat to you.
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Jan 31, 2021 12:47 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Hybridizer Region: Minnesota Seed Starter
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Well deserved, and congratulations!
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Jan 31, 2021 6:21 PM CST
Name: Kim
Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Congratulations Alan! Like Rick said, it was well-deserved!
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