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giant hornet?

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Rock, VIKI, dmhuynh72 and 92 more

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Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
25 May 2009 6:24AM
*It came from Outer Space*

Superb close-up's.


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11 18 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 6:34AM
You take wonderful close ups Carol.
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 6:37AM
excellent macro in v1 and the other are great too Carol.
9 25 4 England
25 May 2009 6:56AM
Very good close up work, and holding the camara steady at arms length.
Kindest Regards
cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
25 May 2009 7:13AM
v3 for me, like the lacy detail in the wings and maintained good detail in the white rose.lesley
Excellent set of macro Carol.
Superb set of macro shots. Stunning pin sharp detail and lovely colours.
25 May 2009 7:37AM
Spiders I like, hornets I don't. You were very brave getting this close. Great shots considering the way you were holding the camera.

25 May 2009 7:41AM
Great set of shots, lovely detail.

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


Steve T
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
25 May 2009 7:48AM
Another very good set of detailed macro shots.

What stuning close up images.
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
25 May 2009 8:17AM
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
25 May 2009 8:40AM
Top as always.
25 May 2009 8:44AM
Excellent macro work as usual - not native this one to the UK so it has me stumped - a hornet yes but what one?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1856 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 8:59AM
Terrifying, whatever it is! Very brave work, and V1 in particular is excellent.
9 1.4k 30 England
25 May 2009 9:00AM
A super closeup. Have you ever been stung by one. It hurts I can tell you. Andy
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
25 May 2009 9:30AM
If you took this to the beach the kids could have rides on it. Superb.
Twice as superb when viewed large.
25 May 2009 9:50AM
he looks a mean beastie
sable Plus
9 9 7 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 10:06AM
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
25 May 2009 10:09AM
Great catch. Sylvia
25 May 2009 10:18AM
4 Amazing shots, So well detailed.
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
25 May 2009 10:18AM
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.
Great as always Carol....
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
25 May 2009 11:13AM
Cracking details

25 May 2009 11:14AM
A superb set of macro shots again,your getting closer I'm sure,brilliant detail.

Jean x
crookymonsta Plus
10 834 10 England
25 May 2009 11:41AM
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
25 May 2009 12:28PM
Great shots, Carol, again superb detail. Don't particularly like them though !. Thanks for your good wishes.
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
25 May 2009 12:36PM
4 crackers Carol, v2 is me Fav

25 May 2009 12:53PM
I think you are very brave!! Fabulous macro!!
25 May 2009 12:57PM
Oh no, you're back to frightening us again, superb shots Carol, the detail is excellent.
25 May 2009 1:03PM
A wonderful series the colours and focus are spot on, fabulous picture taking.

25 May 2009 1:19PM
These are great Carol, I am just starting out in Macro hope to eventually get detail as good as these
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
25 May 2009 1:43PM
4 awesome shots are so good at taking these...Sandy
Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
25 May 2009 2:15PM
What a fantastic set of close-ups Carol, so well detailed and pin sharp.
i like v2 !!
how sharp is your lens ??????
25 May 2009 2:48PM
amazing set of shots
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 2:56PM
Stunning shots Carol
25 May 2009 2:58PM
Stunning close ups superb detail and coloure. Gary
25 May 2009 3:22PM
Brilliant images Caril. I saw one of these in real life on holiday on Rhodes, I wouldn't want to get too near either !
gerrymac Plus
10 10 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 3:26PM
Awesome Carol......just get better
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 4:32PM
Brave stuff Carol, 4 great captures
25 May 2009 4:40PM
What a wonderful set of shots, I saw one yesterday and it was half the size of this.
25 May 2009 5:47PM
All great close ups Carol! Good detail!
glazzaro Plus
13 70 23 United States
25 May 2009 6:02PM
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!!!

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
25 May 2009 7:04PM
Creepy! A good one, Jennnn
Wow superb
25 May 2009 7:47PM
Cracking shots Carol he looks a big fella,
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 7:52PM
awesome set
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
25 May 2009 8:02PM
My DO get close, don't you?? Kudos on these shots, Carol. Outstanding.

A Smile
Full of interest ! gill
25 May 2009 8:23PM
Four great close-ups, well captured.
25 May 2009 8:29PM
Excellent set of close ups Carol,well captured.................

goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
25 May 2009 8:59PM
Great macro's Carol - better in your garden than mine.........Bill
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
25 May 2009 9:51PM
Nice set Carol - I am sure it is a hover-fly too.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
25 May 2009 10:40PM
A series of superb macro shots Carol - wonderful detail and colours.
25 May 2009 10:58PM
amazing captures, lovely colours and details
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
26 May 2009 7:58AM
OMG I think he needs to go to Specsavers
Great shots

Nicky x
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 11:08AM
First rate shots, Carol with V2 being the star for me.
27 May 2009 12:27AM
Excellent close ups!
27 May 2009 6:59AM
Cracking shots, v3 is my favourite.
fantastic work again carol.ray
Brilane Plus
11 5 12 Wales
28 May 2009 3:44AM
Fearsome creature.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
30 May 2009 7:58PM
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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