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This rather menacing looking characted decided to pay my lounge a visit one evening, he was soon captured under a glass, did a quick photo shoot, and was despatched outside again
Amazing sharpness and detail as usual Carol...
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Quite a frightening looking thing - is some kind of sawfly?
Looks like a sting in the tail here, Carol: glad he obliged and allowed you to get such crisp shots before he was consigned to the big outdoors again.
Terric capture Carol, I wonder what on Earth it is? Evil fits nicely though.
Is it a parasitic wasp???
Great shot! Glad he came to yours and mine Love the detail.
Amazing detail and sharpness, Carol.
Think I had something similar in the bedroom last night. You can hear them, but never see them. My arm is showing traces of their visit though.
Quote: Is it a parasitic wasp???
Yes, I believe it is a parasitic wasp, Martin, many thanks for the ID. Carol
I do not want one of them. Ever.
Ouch, looks lethal. A very sharp capture, Carol
Excellent macro work Carol,
Yes, one of the Ichneumon wasps - she is gorgeous! You've captured her details brilliantly!
Amazing sharp detail Carol.
That's one helluva long sting, you're brave.
Don't let it emigrate to the UK Two very fine macro shots Carol.
What an unkind ( but guaranteed to get attention) title to give to such a beautiful creature. V1 is outstanding in its detail, V2 gives us a good view of the curved abdomen characteristic of ichneumon wasps and the very long ovipositor ( long, sticky out egg laying tube at the end of the abdomen). Two cracking shots doing this beauty full justice.
2 cracking captures Carol and thanks again for yesterdays flower ID
Think I'd be despatching him out of the house, too! Two stunning close-ups of him, though, Carol
Well I guess you were never one of those girls who sqeal and jump on a chair
when you see a spider! Instead it's get a glass, trap the beggar and wait for my camera!
Scary creature well captured.
Excellent close-ups, Carol. That rear end looks a bit lethal!!!
You don't want to get on the wrong end of that tail thingy Carol! Glad you despatched him! Two sharp images - not sure whether I like v1 or v2 best, so half each today!!
He looks positively frightening!
Does look a trifle menacing Carol
Starting to become oppressive now *wipes brow*
It is a Braconid wasp. The ovipositor looks like tail.
Brilliant shot Carol, hope he kept that sting to himself!
First off, thanks, Prabhu and Lynne, for the ID and the info!
Second, this IS a menacingly looking fella, Carol, but look at those beautiful rear legs and wings! Wow.
Utterly superb captures (pun fully intended) you've got here.
Both worthy of their own uploads, if that was Ade in the fridge she would have gone!
It heard you take wonderful portraits Carol, hes not wrong either.
Excellent detail Carol - Love the wings in v1 - remind me of stained glass windows
I think outside is the best place lol.. brilliant captures
Great images of this eveil looking critter ! Will make sure I bring wasp repellant next time I visit !!!! G
fantastic captures, what a strange creature. I wouldn't like to be at the receiving end of that drill!
Have a shot of a similar specimen somewhere on my hard-drive injecting it's eggs in to a Large White caterpillar, I'll have a look for it when I'm better, still very much out of sorts at the moment though......Good images Carol.....
Nice one carol like the detail in both, good for you, regards Leon.
Great captures. What a beastie, what bit has the stinger? the front or that long thing at the back? Hope you didn't get too close.... IB
Nice work, Carol. I'm glad that (as menacing as he looks) he earned his freedom by posing for you.
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