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In The jungle, The Mighty Jungle 

European Paper Wasp. 


11:57am August 29 2008dom said:  
That's just stunning.
2:58pm August 29 2008Pewari said:  
Oh wow - gorgeous!
5:43pm August 30 2008ohhahhwho said:  
I only see these guys at picnics when the burgers are ready...

cool macro
12:16am August 31 2008Coyote said: (reply to comment #59645) 
It may not be this particular type wasp that's visiting your picnic table. This is a European paper wasp, as opposed to a yellow jacket. Yellow jackets have black antennae instead of orange. EPWs eat nectar and other insects, especially caterpillars, but I'm not sure they like hamburger. Maybe they do, I've just never read that anywhere. FYI: they feed the protein-based foods to the new larvae.
6:25pm August 31 2008ohhahhwho said: (reply to comment #59654) 
I'm glad one of us knows... personally, I was always too busy watchout for the other end to ever notice the color of the antennae
7:18pm August 31 2008Coyote said: (reply to comment #59669) 
European paper wasps are quite docile. They tend to ignore people for the most part. Yellow jackets are notoriously aggressive and unpredictable. The only time I've had a 'problem' with the paper wasps is when they built a nest next to my raspberry patch, which then became their food source. I learned that I had to pick the berries early in the morning or evening when the wasps were sleepy. If I tried to pick when they were actively 'foraging,' one of them would politely bonk me in the head to get me to leave. If I stayed past the second bonk, he'd go get some buddies. That wasn't much fun, so I developed a two-bonk limit. Never got stung, though.
7:16pm September 9 2008Coyote said: (reply to comment #59945) 
Thanks! I feel really fortunate to have had success with that shot. I had to position the camera quickly, and shoot pretty much blindly. The camera could easily have focused on the flower bud instead of the wasp.
8:40pm September 9 2008Coyote said: (reply to comment #59957) 
Oh, silly you :-) The most amazing thing to me is that I managed to capture this image with a little point-and-shoot camera, my friend's Canon Powershot A620. Years ago, I began my macro photography adventure while using a predecessor to the A620 -- the A80. When I switched to D-SLR and a dedicated macro lens, I was astonished by the increase in difficulty re. getting good shots. Of course, at the time, I knew nothing about the 'proper' way to do it, and learned primarily by experience only. I know now that one is supposed to use a tripod or monopod, manual camera settings and a high-speed external flash. But I rarely do that. It feels like cheating to me, and I have such feelings of compassion toward insects, I don't want to intimidate them with the flash! Kooky, I know...
1:38am September 10 2008Coyote said: (reply to comment #59977) 
My sentiments, exactly! If it's not fun, it's not worth it :-)

I, too, have the 100mm macro, Sadly, I rarely use it, having discovered the beauty of Canon's 60mm f/2.8 macro. What a difference! It's half the size and weight of the 100mm, and I can actually take pictures with it one-handed. (I use a 30D body that has a grip big enough to make that possible.) If you get a chance to try out the 60mm, you will be very pleasantly surprised.

If you're interested in some of the macro techniques I've developed through trial and error, feel free to message me via Fotothing 'mail.' I'm all about helping folks get more fun out of their photographic experience.
6:29pm October 28 2009liselotte said:  
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