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European Paper Wasp - Polistes dominula

By Mendipman  
Contrary to most of the images I take, this shot was taken in the midday sun whilst on holiday in Corfu last year.

Across the road from our villa there is a street lamp on its side. Inside the lamp part, a small colony of paper wasps lives, but on the stem of the lamp each day they all gather in a little gang in the full sun. The hotter it became the more of the wasps that gathered. I was able to get right up to them and take a few shots, fortunately they took no notice of me. This was probably the best as I was able to single out one individual directly facing the lens that stayed still just long enough to get a clear shot and I could stand the midday heat (36 degrees).

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Many thanks for the votes and comments on the previous upload of the Striped Shieldbug and especially to Debs (frogs123), Mike (mike9005), Alan (Alan_Basely), Bill (richmowil) and Ken (franken) for your User Awards, so very much appreciated.

Tags: Summer Wildlife Nature Macro Black Wasp Natural Orange Yellow Close up Corfu July Hymenoptera Natural light Daytime Detailed Wildlife and nature Heath McDonald Mendip Wildlife Photography (Christ 1791) European Paper Wasp Polistes Polistes dominula Vespidae

Voters: mike9005, Holmewood, bppowell and 27 more

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richmowil Plus
11 414 2 England
7 Jan 2020 7:36PM
Focus sharp as a button ,just where it needs to be Heath! Striking colour too!
7 Jan 2020 7:55PM
Super macro Heath,
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
7 Jan 2020 8:20PM
A mean and determined face!
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
7 Jan 2020 8:37PM
This is a really great shot!!!

7 Jan 2020 9:15PM
Great sharpness and depth.

8 Jan 2020 9:04AM
Well captured.

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