(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)
RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (January 2014)
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (May 2012)
Selected for “Imagined Realities” Art Exhibition at PS Zask Gallery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California (May 11 to June 26, 2013).
Top 10 in “Bees Wasps Hornets on Red Yellow Orange” in Bees and Wasps group (June 2012)
Featured in Backyard Macro & Closeups (9 February 2014)
Featured in Bugs and Animals on Flowers in Macro (26 May 2012)
Featured in THE GROUP (19 May 2012)
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