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Digger Wasp landing with Prey

By kiers_m
A Digger Wasp (Ectemnius Lituratis) returning the nest with a paralysed fly as food for its larvae.

While normally solitary wasps (as opposed to having a queen and workers) they are known to share a nest entrance with separate brood chambers within. That is the case in our garden, under the edge of our patio and this is one of a few who spent a few days hunting and gathering flies.

I noticed a pattern in their behaviour which might allow for a photograph and set up with my camera slung low to the ground. 1/2000sec froze the movement with the wings still blurred, f/10 gave about as much depth of field as I could manage without pushing the ISO too high (1250 for this image). I then used a large reflector to bounce sunlight into the shadows and improve the exposure. All in all, sessions over 3 days to get one crisp image, a handful of slightly-soft-but usable ones, and whole load of rejects!

Tags: Flight Macro Insect Digger wasp Behaviour In flight Wildlife and nature

Voters: IainHamer, Niknut, johnsd and 35 more

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johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
1 Jul 2020 11:30AM
A lovely capture and interesting details. Nicely done !

1 Jul 2020 12:16PM
Well all that effort paid off, stunning capture. and interesting narrative.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
1 Jul 2020 1:51PM
A lot of work went into capturing this. is very good.
Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 2:13PM
Well done!
janetj 14 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 2:13PM
lovely capture
Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 3:07PM
Wonderful shot !!....very impressive capture, with lovely clarity & colours, with a hint
of 3D quality !!.......I admire your patience & tenacity in nabbing this beastie !!!!.Smile
chavender Plus
10 517 1 France
1 Jul 2020 3:20PM
Very well done!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 7:16PM
You certainly deserved to get some good shots. This is excellent, especially holding its prey.
1 Jul 2020 8:17PM
Great effort rewarded. Superb image.
2 Jul 2020 12:09AM
this is outstanding!
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2020 10:22AM
A terrific capture of well worth the endurance needed.

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