Local hard lad you don't want to mess with at Vindolanda

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Comments (11)

Kevin Childress on September 7, 2010

WHOA! Is that a wasp? Very nice detail and sharp image!

skida on September 7, 2010

I didn't stop to ask! About a second after I took this it took off and I moved backwards so quick I fell over. Thanks for looking Kevin.


David Brown Photogra… on September 8, 2010

Good lord man! Its a giant horntail Keith.

That's a scary looking oviposter she's got (Joy taught me that word). Did you know they sometimes get it stuck in the tree they penetrate in order to deposit the egg (yes just one egg).

Then they die.

At least that's what the web site said that I just read!

This is a corker of a picture Keith I am well impressed. And I am astonished by how much the surface looks like porridge!


skida on September 8, 2010

Shortly after uploading and adding the title, I did some research and came up with the same ID. I should change the title to "local hard lass", but I think I will leave it for now. I didn't know we had them here in Britain, a country which isn't renowned for having scary little beasties!

Best regards, Keith

skida on September 8, 2010

ps Thanks Jethro!

Pete Taylor on September 10, 2010

Great shot Keith, definitely doesn't look British!Have to like this beasty. Pete

David Brown Photogra… on September 11, 2010

OOops, I just saw that I used the word penetrate in my previous post. I must apologize for that to anyone who may have been offended.

Oh no, I just did it again.

PS --- you are most welcome Keith

joyfotos on September 15, 2010

Wow Keith, that's one big bee/wasp! I can see why you would be startled but not so bad you did not get a great shot!

I taught you that word Jethro...must have been one I looked up and remembered long enough to make sure I got it spelled right and promptly forgot it. The benefits of old(ish) age:)

Is this a recent photo Keith? If so sounds as if you are on the mend and hopefully the fall did not cause any damage??

skida on September 16, 2010

Thanks JF. The photo is from our trip out two weeks ago and yes the hands/wrists are beginning to work again, although I am currently having quite a bit of bother with my left shoulder.


Brian Cosgrove on September 3, 2011

A wood wasp. Harmless but very impressive. They look like they are made from plastic and should take batteries..!

skida on September 5, 2011

Thanks for the extra info www.gefrin.com


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 6, 2010
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    by skida
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/256)
    • Focal Length: 70.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.278
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash