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The Sting

By ltj22
Here is a closeup of a wasp feeding on a windfall apple. I made an extention tube from a bit of pipe a body cap and some duck tape and fitted it to an old Pentax 1.8 lens this was then fitted to my Canon 450d, I was amazed at the detail, you can even see three little buttons on top of it's head, don't know what they are for do you?

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: HuntedDragon, lesgoodey, simont and 18 more

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lesgoodey 14 5 1 England
17 Sep 2009 11:55AM
Nice work.

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simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 11:56AM
Excellent close up.
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 12:02PM
They are simple eyes called ocelli.

" In addition to their compound eyes, wasps also have several simple eyes known as ocelli. These are typically arranged in a triangular formation just forward of an area of the head known as the vertex."

I think they act as light meters.

If you have captured the simple eyes in a bee or a wasp, then you know you have got a really good macro shot.
ringyneck 13 315 18 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 12:04PM
Fantastic D.I.Y photing

Shootme 10 England
17 Sep 2009 12:11PM
Brilliant close-up great detail. Could they be the "on" "of" and "stand by" switches?

11 10 10 England
17 Sep 2009 1:01PM
Fantastic work.
User_Removed 11 80 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 1:18PM
Superb close up, excellent work
17 Sep 2009 1:40PM
Great close-up - superb detail captured

Well done - Chris
ltj22 11 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 1:56PM
Thanks Lynn for the info. And to all for the comments -Len
SKETCHER68 12 4 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 4:33PM
Great image.S
shandoor 11 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2009 8:45PM
Super image with lovely detail and colours
17 Sep 2009 11:48PM
Good close up,

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