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In autumn, all the wasps excepting fertilised Queens die, but before they do, they eat and eat and eat. They tend to be cold and a bit sluggish, slightly slower moving than in summer, perfect for photo shoots. the south facing winter flowering Ivy wall in Kilburn Road allotments, York, is buzzing with insect activity at this time. For the first time ever, I have persuaded wasps to climb onto my hand, hoping to get closer shots. There are about 8 images (out of a hundred) which are reasonably OK.
The pink “mountain” is my hand.
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  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 2 years ago

    Wow, Jesika! That is amazing! Is there a danger it will sting? What a lovely image of trust!

  • Thanks, Bonnie. It’s not too dangerous. The wasp makes all the decisions and I move very slowly. It makes me wish I had developed this affinity for insects in much earlier years, I find them so fascinating and interesting. Do they sense in some way that I won’t hurt them? How can I possibly know, I can only continue to explore the limits they set.

    – jesika

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 2 years ago

    happy to meet you too :)

  • I was delighted to have about 6 of the wasps on my hand & 8 semi decent shots. In autumn they are usually harmless unless you agitate them. But I had a very close encounter a few years ago with a nest inside my shed door and I could poke my camera about 2 inches away from them. Got some interesting shots too.

    – jesika

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 2 years ago

    Great macro capture Jesika

  • Thanks, Barry, that’s kind

    – jesika

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshalmost 2 years ago

    great image !!!!

  • Many thanks, this is a wonderful surprise.

    – jesika

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture Jesika – so clear and detailed ! x

  • Thank you, my little “Pocket Pany” is a dream of a camera for this sort of shot. Even though the wasps are now slower, they still get around at speed and trying to follow them can be quite a challenge.

    – jesika

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 1 year ago

    Fantastic details Jesika ! Hope you are well :)

  • Thank you, Renee, I’m well, and I trust you are too.

    – jesika

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 1 year ago

    You are brave! Love your macro here! Great shot girlfriend!

    Gabe :)

  • Not brave, Gabe, I knew I’d be safe (HOPED LOL), they are sluggish in autumn, just feeding machines.
    Many thanks

    – jesika

  • swaby
    swabyover 1 year ago

    Now that’s how you shoot a bee, excellent macro!

  • Somewhere in my deepest darkest archives I have pictures of water sodden bees sitting on my hand after rescuing them from my pond. Wasps are a bit more of a challenge, but a challenge I was delighted to finally undertake and emerge victorious and unstung LOL I wouldn’t try this in the height of summer, I’m not that daft!
    Thank you very much

    – jesika

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