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OWLP
03-29-2010, 02:44 PM
Found a wasp, which wasn't moving all the time as usually.

YELLOW-LEGGED PAPER WASP (Mischocyttarus flavitarsus)

http://www.okanaganwildlifephotography.com/10/bees100146730.jpg

http://www.okanaganwildlifephotography.com/10/bees100146739.jpg

http://www.okanaganwildlifephotography.com/10/bees100146719.jpg

casil403
03-29-2010, 03:15 PM
Wow...Excellent macro! :clap:

Iguanasan
03-29-2010, 03:33 PM
Absolutely loving number 3! Very cool! :thumbup::thumbup:

Richard
03-29-2010, 03:49 PM
Fantastic Macro work OWLP, your making me wanna buy a macro lens....

miker
03-29-2010, 04:39 PM
Really like #3 - VERY cool. I'm with Richard, and feeling the need to have a macro lens now. :-) Thanks for sharing

kat
03-29-2010, 04:41 PM
Wowza! Macro or what!!! My skin is crawling!

OWLP
03-29-2010, 04:59 PM
Thanks everybody for your comments.
Here is a 100% crop of the wasp portrait.

http://www.okanaganwildlifephotography.com/10/bees10014c6719.jpg

I am very pleased with this lens. :)

AntZ
03-29-2010, 05:21 PM
Cool Macros. Was this guy dead, or just very cooperative?

Mad Aussie
03-29-2010, 07:26 PM
That front on shot is a ripper for sure! The side one shot with the dark background is also noteworthy.

OWLP
03-29-2010, 08:33 PM
Thanks AntZ and MA.
Wasp wasn't dead, just nibbling around and made funny movements with its front legs. I thought it was dying, but it took off very quick after it finished, whatever it was doing.

Michaelaw
03-29-2010, 08:45 PM
It may have been to cool for him to be very energetic. Wasps are quite docile in cool weather they come to life in warm weather or when the sunlight strikes them directly. These are really nice macros :thumbup:

QuietOne
03-30-2010, 02:36 AM
I don't see them around most of the time, but I find their nests and sets of cells that were in tree cavities all the time. And this is as close as I want to get to one that's alive, if it's not as docile as yours. Neat set of photos.

Hillbillygirl
03-30-2010, 06:51 AM
Very nice OWLP. Love the frontal shots.

OWLP
03-30-2010, 11:29 AM
Thanks for comments everybody. :)
@QuietOne, the only time I am afraid of them, is when there is muggy weather before a thunderstorm, when they are always around the head and very annoying.

Marko
03-30-2010, 11:33 AM
Very striking images!

jjeling
03-30-2010, 02:44 PM
Yes. That last shot is quite spectacular. What macro lens are you using. It really does create a spending urge.

OWLP
03-30-2010, 05:03 PM
Thanks Marko and Jjeling.
I'm using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens on my 40D and 36 mm Kenko tube. Additionally the MR-14EX Ring Lite.