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Jan 21, 2022 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Mind your own business

Nature provides countless examples of animals ignoring other creatures that provide no threat. Here a bee and a great black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus) feed on the same swamp milkweed plant.

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Here's the original image, followed by portrait format or square crops of the individual insects, which display more detail.
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Jan 21, 2022 6:08 PM CST
Name: Maggie
Western New York (Zone 5b)
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@arctangent: Love it, Elizabeth!
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Jan 21, 2022 6:45 PM CST
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Absolutely wonderful - the coexistence in achieving their goals. And thanks for elaborating on the two individuals - very beautiful images. Thanks for the extra work.
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Jan 21, 2022 7:21 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Spectacular banner Elizabeth!
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jan 21, 2022 7:39 PM CST
Zone 5
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Impressive to say the least of how beautifully you've put this together, banner cropping, the entire photo and individual cuts. Terrific job! 🐝🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 & 🦟 🦟 🦟 🦟 🦟
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Jan 21, 2022 9:00 PM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Love the banner Elizabeth Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Jan 21, 2022 9:21 PM CST
Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5a)
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Absolutely superb banner! Great Black Wasps are very common around here, and never bother us. You captured the wasp's beauty so well, as well as the bee. One of my favorite banners so far.
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Jan 22, 2022 1:55 AM CST
Central Florida (Zone 9a)
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Elizabeth, you've done it again! Masterfully orchestrated! Lovey dubby
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Jan 22, 2022 3:25 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Awwwsome banner & images , Elizabeth! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Perfect exposure, framing, lighting. Great photography.
Thanks for the extra crops, too. Thumbs up
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Jan 22, 2022 10:34 AM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Just wanted to share this photo on a similar subject, of a Katydid and an ant that I took last summer. Looks like they are having a powwow…
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Jan 22, 2022 1:28 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Fantastic banner. That black wasp sure is ominous though. Kind of a scary banner in that respect.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jan 22, 2022 6:37 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Zoia said:Just wanted to share this photo on a similar subject, of a Katydid and an ant that I took last summer. Looks like they are having a powwow…
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That's a great image, and begging for a caption. Whistling
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Jan 22, 2022 10:50 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Nice banner and additional images. Rich colors. I agree with Leslie: ominous black wasp! Yikes! Blinking

Kadydid and ant having a little chat. Smiling
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Jan 23, 2022 8:49 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I'm almost ( Smiling ) embarrassed by the wonderful response this banner got in the form of comments, Acorn 's (oh, my gosh), and Thumbs up 's. Too many people to tag individually. I hope your all know I've noted you all, and am truly grateful.

Observing flowering plants is a wonderful window into a wider world of nature - insect life, in this case. So glad so many of you share my enthusiasm. The popularity of all banners that feature bees, butterflies, caterpillars, wasps, katydids, mantises, etc. is easy to understand. Keep them coming!
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