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About three times the length of a normal hornet, this huge creature was enjoying the sunshine on one of the roses in my garden. I wasn't too keen ongetting too close to it, so it was a case of holding the camera at arms length and pointing it in the direction of the creature, hoping that I could get some reasonable pics. Fortunately it seemed a bit drowsy in the sun and settled for quite a while, seemingly unperturbed by the camera being so close.

Many thanks for being so patient with me, I managed to achieve quite a lot in the garden over the weekend, and look forward to getting back to clicking and commenting again today.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:giant hornet?
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:25 May 2009 - 5:14 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:95
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 6:24 AM

*It came from Outer Space*

Superb close-up's.

Rock

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 6:34 AM

You take wonderful close ups Carol.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 6:37 AM

excellent macro in v1 and the other are great too Carol.
regards
Yung

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BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 625 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 6:56 AM

Very good close up work, and holding the camara steady at arms length.
Kindest Regards
Burnsie

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 7:13 AM

v3 for me, like the lacy detail in the wings and maintained good detail in the white rose.lesley

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kishanm14
kishanm14  6 India
25 May 2009 - 7:16 AM

Excellent set of macro Carol.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 7:33 AM

Superb set of macro shots. Stunning pin sharp detail and lovely colours.
Steve.

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viscostatic
25 May 2009 - 7:37 AM

Spiders I like, hornets I don't. You were very brave getting this close. Great shots considering the way you were holding the camera.

Phil

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Steve_T
Steve_T  5 England
25 May 2009 - 7:41 AM

Great set of shots, lovely detail.

It's a hoverfly - I believe it's a female Volucella zonaria.

Bestest

Steve T

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 7:48 AM

Another very good set of detailed macro shots.

Albert

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 8:07 AM

What stuning close up images.
Dave

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84354 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 8:17 AM

Beautifully caught! Yes, it is a hover fly. The antennae are placed in the middle of it's 'forehead', whereas with hornets/bees/wasps the antennae are placed either side of it's head. You've caught some beautiful details - very brave of you, especially as you thought this was a giant hornet! Wink

Last Modified By KarenFB at 25 May 2009 - 8:17 AM

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
25 May 2009 - 8:40 AM

Top as always.
Cor.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 8:44 AM

Excellent macro work as usual - not native this one to the UK so it has me stumped - a hornet yes but what one?

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 8:59 AM

Terrifying, whatever it is! Very brave work, and V1 in particular is excellent.
Moira

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 9:00 AM

A super closeup. Have you ever been stung by one. It hurts I can tell you. Andy

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10495 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 9:30 AM

If you took this to the beach the kids could have rides on it. Superb.
Twice as superb when viewed large.

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 9:50 AM

he looks a mean beastie

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 10:06 AM

Four excellent images especially under the circumstances you describe - good colour - great detail and well presented - Elizabeth

p.s. pleased I brought back a few memories for you with my to-days upload

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Silverzone
25 May 2009 - 10:09 AM

Great catch. Sylvia

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motorsportpictures

4 Amazing shots, So well detailed.
Scott

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 10:18 AM

You know, for all he looks so fearsome, I reckon that's a very sweet, slightly bemused look on his face in V2! Great macro, all 4.

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Dimitre_P
Dimitre_P  6 Bulgaria
25 May 2009 - 10:31 AM

Great as always Carol....
Dimitre

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
25 May 2009 - 11:13 AM

Cracking details

Peter

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SoulOfNature
25 May 2009 - 11:14 AM

A superb set of macro shots again,your getting closer I'm sure,brilliant detail.

Jean x

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6704 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 11:41 AM

Wouldn't want to get too close to this, although not as bad as the spiders - can't even bear to look at the images you put on a couple of days ago! Sandra

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derekv
derekv  7 England
25 May 2009 - 12:28 PM

Great shots, Carol, again superb detail. Don't particularly like them though !. Thanks for your good wishes.
Derek

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 12:36 PM

4 crackers Carol, v2 is me Fav

Stace

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Misteree
Misteree  8 Australia
25 May 2009 - 12:53 PM

I think you are very brave!! Fabulous macro!!

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
25 May 2009 - 12:57 PM

Oh no, you're back to frightening us again, superb shots Carol, the detail is excellent.
Annette

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nigele1
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25 May 2009 - 1:03 PM

A wonderful series the colours and focus are spot on, fabulous picture taking.

Nigel

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churchill123
25 May 2009 - 1:19 PM

These are great Carol, I am just starting out in Macro hope to eventually get detail as good as these
Linda
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 1:43 PM

4 awesome shots Carol...you are so good at taking these...Sandy

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 2:15 PM

What a fantastic set of close-ups Carol, so well detailed and pin sharp.
Bob

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BreadandShutter

i like v2 !!
how sharp is your lens ??????
Excellent

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 2:48 PM

amazing set of shots

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 2:56 PM

Stunning shots Carol
Hleen

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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 2:58 PM

Stunning close ups superb detail and coloure. Gary

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 3:22 PM

Brilliant images Caril. I saw one of these in real life on holiday on Rhodes, I wouldn't want to get too near either !
Anjantoo
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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 3:26 PM

Awesome Carol......just get better
Gerry

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 4:32 PM

Brave stuff Carol, 4 great captures
Steve

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 4:40 PM

What a wonderful set of shots, I saw one yesterday and it was half the size of this.
john

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cameragirl
cameragirl  1043 forum posts United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 5:47 PM

All great close ups Carol! Good detail!

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glazzaro e2 Member 1070 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 6:02 PM

Nice close up, though I do not think I would want to get to close to these guys for a macro, they can pack a bite! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 7:04 PM

Creepy! A good one, Jennnn

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mikaela4  5 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 7:10 PM

Wow superb
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microchip  7 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 7:47 PM

Cracking shots Carol he looks a big fella,
Alan

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25 May 2009 - 7:52 PM

awesome set

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 8:02 PM

My word...you DO get close, don't you?? Kudos on these shots, Carol. Outstanding.

A Smile

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
25 May 2009 - 8:15 PM

Full of interest ! gill

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dorset_mum
25 May 2009 - 8:23 PM

Four great close-ups, well captured.
Jan

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 8:29 PM

Excellent set of close ups Carol,well captured.................

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25 May 2009 - 8:59 PM

Great macro's Carol - better in your garden than mine.........Bill

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bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 9:51 PM

Nice set Carol - I am sure it is a hover-fly too.
Brian.

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teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2009 - 10:40 PM

A series of superb macro shots Carol - wonderful detail and colours.
Sylvia

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bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 - 10:58 PM

amazing captures, lovely colours and details
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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
26 May 2009 - 7:58 AM

OMG I think he needs to go to Specsavers
Great shots

Nicky x

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26 May 2009 - 11:08 AM

First rate shots, Carol with V2 being the star for me.
Sandra

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CherryMartin
27 May 2009 - 12:27 AM

Excellent close ups!

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gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2009 - 6:59 AM

Cracking shots, v3 is my favourite.
Gill

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
27 May 2009 - 9:10 AM

fantastic work again carol.ray

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Brilane  8 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2009 - 3:44 AM

Fearsome creature.
Brian

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30 May 2009 - 7:58 PM

A brilliant set of close ups, I reckon it's a huge hoverfly, if it was a hornet my Uncle Adie "Tomcat" would never have dared to view it in large as he's petrified of wasps!

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