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Yellow Wasp (pictured above) are not seen in Texas as often as their cousins the Red Wasp and the Black Tailed Red Wasp, all of which are members of the Paper Wasp Family. They are sometimes mistaken for Yellow Jackets, but the Yellow Jackets are smaller, usualy build their nest in the ground, and are very agressive. None of the above should be messed with in mid summer, because the hotter it gets, the meaner they become. {Sort of like people.} ;-)

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smoobooty on September 2, 2012

You're a brave soul, Henry Scoggin. For your uncommon valor and distinguished service without thought for your own personal safety by getting too close to stinging insects, I award you a LIKE And FAVORITE by the authority vested in me....which isn't much but it sounds lofty....

Henry Scoggin on September 2, 2012

Thanks for the Accolades, butI am more foolish than brave! A couple of them gave me a sideways look but then went back to work. Slowly got within 3 feet and then slowly moved camera sraight towords them while I stayed put.

Did not dare have my face up against the view finder like you would have. ;-)

jockswa on September 5, 2012

These little nasties have found their way to Oz and give us worries in the warm months. Yes, you were brave (foolhardy?) Henry. It worked! You've got a neat macro there. Lk..

Henry Scoggin on September 5, 2012

Here in Texas we grew up with these under every eve of every house and barn. They are just a part of life. I remember when I was little, throwing Viena Sausage cans of gasoline on them to kill them instantlt. You learn very early when and how you can aproach, and more importantly when to give them a wide berth.

jockswa on September 6, 2012

We usually hit 'em at night when they're dormant. There's an aerosol spray for them over here that shoots about 9 feet.

Henry Scoggin on September 7, 2012

Yea there are some decent sprays here too if they aren't to far up. But due to the evironmental changes, Its had to find one that does the trick realy well. Like you say, catch them in the morning when it is cool if at all posible because they are solar powered. If they are in range I will still use gasoline because it is an instant kill every time. They don't even wiggle.

♥Fairy♥ on September 11, 2012

They look very big. What is the size? Where is this? What is that....white stuff?

Henry Scoggin on September 11, 2012

The Wasp are about 1 1/4 inches in liength. This is their nest, they are busy sealing their new baby larva in to grow to maturity. When they are ready to hatch they break open the white cap on their individual compartment. The grey nest and the white sealer cap are made from a paper which is constructed from the female saliva and small wood fiber they have collected. The wasp have a very painful sting but it is not poisonous.

Guizel J.c on September 12, 2012

Beautiful nature,dangerous one



Henry Scoggin on September 12, 2012

Thanks J.C.!

♥Fairy♥ on September 12, 2012

The things you know about Wasps! :-o

Henry Scoggin on September 13, 2012

All you realy need to know is not to get stung! ;-)

♥Fairy♥ on September 13, 2012

Nah. Wise words.

els f on September 16, 2012

how dare you?..:)amazing how you took this one, Henry! like

Henry Scoggin on September 16, 2012


mostafa meraji (Qom … on September 19, 2012

great shot LIKE

Henry Scoggin on September 19, 2012

Thanks for the L!

Greetings, henry

Klaus Dimter on September 25, 2012

Fantastic composition. Excellent macro. Nice title....................like

Best regards from Berlin. Klaus

monic@ on September 25, 2012

Oh wow Henry and you were not afraid of them???? I will think twice before coming so close to it. like Greetings, Monic@

Henry Scoggin on September 25, 2012

Hi Monica, I was ready to Break and Run ! :-))

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  • Uploaded on September 2, 2012
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    by Henry Scoggin
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P510
    • Taken on 2011/09/01 11:59:01
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 7.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.400
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash