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Ruby-tailed Wasp

By barrywebb  
Ruby-tailed wasp (Hedychrum niemelai), also called Cuckoo Wasps. This is one of the largest of the species at 10mm. The female will lay eggs in the nests of other bees or wasps. The larvae once hatched will eat the hosts eggs or larvae and feed off the provisions provided by the host. This was taken at the location where we spent the day photographing Digger Wasps, (mainly Bee-wolves). You will find these stunning little Cuckoo Wasps where there are Digger Wasps or Mining Bees. Many thanks to Norman and Alan for their UAs on my Spider-hunting Wasp shot.

Tags: Wasp Insect Insect close up Close-up and macro Insect macro Ruby-tailed wasp Focus stacked Cuckoo Wasp Hedychium niemelai Chrysididae

Voters: KarenFB, LotaLota, Fred263 and 53 more

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 175 England
31 Jul 2019 8:49PM
You say they are the largest, but they are still tiny and very mobile! This is a stunning photo, gorgeous colours and details! (Envious, moi?...............Yes!!!).

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LotaLota 1 4 Lithuania
31 Jul 2019 8:50PM
Beautiful macro
31 Jul 2019 8:51PM
An outstanding close up, Barry.
gill_f Plus
15 122 England
31 Jul 2019 8:53PM
I tried to get a picture of one of these but they were too fast for me.
Well done, excellent capture.
31 Jul 2019 8:54PM
Superb image.
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2019 9:07PM
Superb close-up, Barry.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
31 Jul 2019 9:35PM
WOW! Spectacular in color and details! amazing!
31 Jul 2019 9:36PM
Superb image
31 Jul 2019 9:49PM
Stunning colours..Lin
derekp Plus
8 1 5 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2019 10:21PM
excellent, so sharp and colourful.
31 Jul 2019 10:39PM
Beautiful image

bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
31 Jul 2019 11:04PM
Gorgeous colours, brilliant detail. Great stacking again from that camera Barry.
31 Jul 2019 11:09PM
Wow Barry! This is such an excellent macro shot. The colours, clarity and detail are spot on. Such a pleasure to view. Pam
mac Plus
18 3 Scotland
31 Jul 2019 11:29PM
What fantastic colours and details. plus a great write-up about the wasp.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2019 11:41PM
Extraordinary subject and colours !!
Beautiful image
Isabel GrinGrin
A jewel from nose to tail


sawsengee Plus
13 6 28 Malaysia
1 Aug 2019 7:00AM
amazing colours & luminosity Smile
michaelo Plus
13 14 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2019 8:16AM
simply stunning!
chase Plus
14 1.3k 275 England
1 Aug 2019 9:59AM
Detail to be admired, well done!!
BobbyMS Plus
2 4 1
1 Aug 2019 8:34PM
A triumph! Bravo!
Satlight 3 23 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2019 11:33AM
Another stunning photo Barry, the detail and colours are absolutely amazing.


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