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(Please view large for detail!) I’m no entomologist, but I am fairly sure this is a paper wasp (species Polistes), an unaggressive wasp that is considered beneficial because it preys on undesirable insects. Evidently, it also likes milkweed nectar. :) This one was moving pretty fast, so I used a wide aperture to get a relatively fast shutter speed. (Zuiko 35mm macro, f/3.5, 1/640 sec., ISO 100, filtered early afternoon sun, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    Enlarged is just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Those are details, Celeste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Eby, for your enthusiastic comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Wow!!! Awesome details Celeste!! Looks great larger. Wonderful colours as well!!!

  • Thank you, Sharon! I’m glad you checked the the large version for details. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnetteHoll
    AnnetteHollover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture Celeste, such amazing detail !!! … ( I think you’re right as it looks like a paper wasp to me also)

  • Thank you very much, Annette! I did a lot of hunting on the internet and could only be reasonably sure of the species and not the exact ID.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    phenomenal shot Celeste!; even though I cannot tell you the specie, lol, it is beautifully photographed

  • Thanks very much, Angelika! I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Gorgeous colors, Ceeste, and your wide aperture gave you such a nice dof…your focus on your wasp friend is excellent…

  • Thank you, Katherine! I love the colors of this variety of milkweed. This is one of a series I fired off in rapid succession, and it’s the one with the sharpest focus on the eye.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago


    Excellent Image! 05/19/2012
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  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Cool capture Celeste…..Love the color and detail…:)

  • Thank you, Thomas! I thought the wasp was an interesting character.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Great color contrast and light, beautiful image!

  • Thanks very much, Cindy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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