Wasps always seem to build their nests in inconvenient places. This swarm chose a brass fish that sits on our terrace, making the nest rather too close to the house for comfort.

I set up the camera with a remote shutter release and a couple of flash units to record the comings and goings. For this shot, one of the flash units failed to fire, giving a dramatic feel to the shot as a single wasp takes on an aggressive stance while eye-balling the camera.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 28-70 f2.8L lens at 58mm and 25mm tube; ISO200 f14 1/4000

Uploaded 3 June 2009
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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at www.dgcphoto.com.

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  • jujubean
    jujubeanalmost 6 years ago

    Oh my godness,he certainly does look angry!!! perfect moody shot!!!!

  • Thanks juju, yes he didn’t seem overjoyed by all the camera gear he was looking out at!

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    great capture

  • Many thanks, kathy

    – David Clarke

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