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slidersmom on September 14, 2008

skida you wouldnt catch me taking that photo !! i stay away from stinging insects at all times possible! kat

Sue Allen on September 15, 2008

Nasty things! I haven't seen one of these for a few years, although they are over here, but not around this area. I remember them crawling all over the apples under the trees and buzzing around our outdoor meals. Nasty things! They even look like trouble, don't they? Was this on the picnic tables featured a moment ago? The wood looks blond, the same.....

Very thought provoking photo, Skida!

cheers, Sue

skida on September 15, 2008

Thanks **kat and Sue. This table was about 50 yards from the round "mushroom" ones.

I never knew wasps were hairy! (I don't often choose to get this close)


(Brave and Intrepid Photographer)

Coal Miner's Boy on September 17, 2008

Congratulations, Mr. Intrepid Photographer!

You won't get me that close to these things either, not even for money! The ones we have here are called "Bald-Faced Hornets", although they're usually referred to as Meat Bees. My wife and I were in Yosemite a couple of years ago, and we stopped at a picnic area for lunch. We'd barely got the lid of the ice chest open when the pesky things were all over my Spam sandwich. Needless to say, we didn't stay very long!

Greetings from northern California,


skida on September 18, 2008

I am not too keen on them and I am surprised there wasn't camera-shake, Paul.

Thanks for the comments.

Nawitka on September 24, 2008

Good one, Skida! The wasps get slow and stupid in the fall, crawling on the ground and not flying away; it is the time of year when the slow and stupid kids can catch them and pick them up ... then become wiser!

skida on September 24, 2008

Thanks Nawitka. I have been stung twice in my life by wasps and at this time of year they are really inquisative and seem to like chasing ladies around picnic spots!

febrok korbef on September 27, 2008

Hi skida. My plate, they had more fun. LOL

Greetings, febrok

skida on September 28, 2008

Hi febrok! After I took this photo I put a little bit of sugar on the lid and we ended up with about 20 wasps! I withdrew at this point.

trikermike on October 3, 2008

skida Great close-up marra., I had a wasp buzzing around in my full-face once, on the M^ between penrith & Carlisle !

Needless to say, I gently slowwed down, pulled onto hard shoulder, remoned helmet slowly, and ran away!! only a bit, so I could see the Damn thing buzz of!(it headed back to penrith!)

The other time I met wasps, I was at that hotel in Sienna-now these wasps were biting lumps off the ham! and flying off with it. Our resident artist, who was preparing picnic lunchtook a peice of ham & put it n a distant table. When he continued to get lunch together, EVERY plate had English & French mustard on the side--AND NO WASPS!! He said he learned that in FRANCE!

It works here too!, but you have to give up a small peice of lunch!!!

Your capture is perfectly propirtioned in NEG ? POS shape and size, with the 2 wasps at a position of strength, nicely balanced by the ?bean, upper left.

this is now a Y* for me, marra.

Very Well done!..Mike

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  • Uploaded on September 14, 2008
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    by skida
    • Taken on 2008/09/14 15:06:37
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.85mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash