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European paper wasp (<em>Polistes dominula</em>)
29-OCT-2011 Christine Hanrahan

European paper wasp (Polistes dominula)

This was one of about 20 paper wasps in a nest box at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. I had checked the box in the summer and no bird was nesting in it. I checked it again in late August and even the wasps were not there. But since then, a nest has been constructed on the inside side wall of the nest box. It was a cool day when I checked the box, but sunny, and all the wasps were clustered near the back opening seeking the sun. This one was bold enough to step out onto the ledge.

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
1/160s f/6.3 at 4.3mm iso100 full exif

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reflectionsofnature04-Nov-2011 23:48
Oh my, this guy looks downright evil, like a super villain of some sort! But it's a great shot! I read about wasps mid-summer and started being on the lookout for the European paper wasp because I didn't know we had them here. I don't think they are very common?
slhoornstra03-Nov-2011 04:56
this shot is incredible, beautiful and so expressive of the wasp. very special!! VVVVV
Carl Carbone02-Nov-2011 02:26
A familiar site. I chase them out of my bluebird boxes all the time. Nice capture. You made him look huge!
Karen Stuebing01-Nov-2011 21:29
Love his "face!" Great photo of these ubiquitous wasps. V.
Mairéad01-Nov-2011 21:18
This is an amazing close-up Christine. V
bill friedlander01-Nov-2011 18:30
Wonderful Halloween costume. Lovely light on this curious fellow.. V
Janet Forjan-Freedman01-Nov-2011 15:51
Looks happy to see you! Wonderful capture!
PauloCGama01-Nov-2011 14:54
Stunning!!!
globalgadabout01-Nov-2011 14:51
bold indeed, almost confrontational...a wonderful look at this colourful sunbather...V
J. Scott Coile01-Nov-2011 14:48
Very cool.
Jim Coffman01-Nov-2011 12:43
Awesome closeup!!V
pkocinski01-Nov-2011 12:25
Oh boy it looks fierce! No wonder I don't like wasps :-)
Mildred Alpern01-Nov-2011 10:39
Not welcome in my house...but you sure got a good view of him.
Yvonne01-Nov-2011 10:27
What a superb capture Christine!
Colin Storey01-Nov-2011 10:16
Fantastic detailed macro, looks very menacing. v
laine01-Nov-2011 08:50
a great capture of this mean guy!!
Stephanie01-Nov-2011 08:00
Fabulous capture Christine! You're much braver than I am because you know I'm afraid of their stingers! V
John Reynolds01-Nov-2011 06:23
Excellent close up shot. V.
Margot W01-Nov-2011 04:09
Love his Hallowe'en costume. The colors are perfect and he is scary.
Another great shot.
Jean D01-Nov-2011 02:45
Congrats on such a neat close up capture. Well done, Christine. ~V
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