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Yellowjacket gathering pollen ball
19-JUL-2011 Christine Hanrahan

Yellowjacket gathering pollen ball

This yellowjacket on Queen Anne's Lace, has picked up a number of small flies (at least 7)which you can see on the wings, the thorax. as well as on the pollen ball the wasp has gathered. I am not sure which species this is, but could be Vespula flavopilosa.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/800s f/4.0 at 5.0mm iso100 full exif

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an nguyen17-Dec-2011 21:13
What an amazing image with fascinating details .
Esa Ervasti17-Dec-2011 20:54
Very interesting behaviour shot of the flies.
Tom LeRoy17-Dec-2011 20:27
Wow, that's a busy bee! Surprising good detail from the PowerShot too. V
Colin Storey17-Dec-2011 20:02
Amazing macro shot with all the little visitors. v
Mildred Alpern17-Dec-2011 19:30
Fascinating. Here is science primer I wish I had had in high school or college. You are opening new worlds for all os us.
MarcViskens17-Dec-2011 17:51
excellent work Christine
love those details in your macro
Jim Coffman17-Dec-2011 17:20
Wow,I've never seen this before! Great capture,Christine!
globalgadabout17-Dec-2011 17:10
a startling 'group' portrait...perhaps the flies are scavenging for food...fabulous flower too...V
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