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Garden Lover #11

Large Wasp harvests green grubs from the potted shrubs in the garden.

Garden Lover #11

Large Wasp harvests green grubs from the potted shrubs in the garden.

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this wasp is doing you a favour Ray... great macro....petersmile
Ray: I am good with the idea of balance, Peter...some green caterpillars for the wasps, and some left on the shrubs to eventually turn into butterflies.
Survival of the fittest! You captured quite a moment, Ray! As usual - your patience pays off!
Ray: I approached the shrub to see what the wasp was interested in, Elizabeth, and was surprised when it revealed this long green caterpillar.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Jun 2017, 04:40
Lunch time here and I am glad the wasp eats his 'greens'...
Superb picture. (did you hear back from National Geographic)
Ray: No...since Rupert Murdock [another Australian] took over that magazine it has been off-loading photographers, Astrid.
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 26 Jun 2017, 05:44
I have just caught up on the "Garden Lovers I have missed - small and close-up is amazing
Ray: I'll probably finish the mini-series at the end of this week, Lisl...time to change subject.
Something for everyone, Ray, in the food chain!
Ray: I do like a good meal of fried chicken, Ginnie!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2017, 06:53
Gimmee lime green grubs over cornflakes any day Ray!
Ray: Absolutely correct, Chris.

[We always seem to have marauding Ants in our kitchen...they get into everything except the cornflakes!]
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Jun 2017, 06:59
Avec cette vue, elle paraît énorme.
Ray: C'est peut-être le plus grand des guêpes dans notre jardin, Martine ... quelque chose comme 6cm du nez à la queue ...
These look the most sinister of all the wasp family Ray.
Ray: These big 'uns even prey on smaller Wasps, Chad.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jun 2017, 07:09
Sounds like the wasp is doing everyone a favour
Ray: An obliging wasp, Alan.

A couple of weeks ago a wasp hit my helmet as I was then crawled in through an air slot in the helmet and stung me on the scalp...Ouch...that was NOT an obliging wasp...
that is one tight embrace, Ray. excellent shot.
Ray: It is preparing to carry its prize back to the nest, Ayush, so is careful about grip and alignment.
Magnifique prise de vue ne m'en approche pas beaucoup de ces guêpes ..Merci !
Ray: Pour moi, Claudine, la piqûre d'abeille est dangereuse [j'ai une réaction allergique grave], mais la piqûre de guêpe est simplement douloureuse. Ce sont de beaux animaux, donc j'aime me rapprocher des images détaillées.
Pest control operative
Ray: We don't use pesticides, Bill, so all assistance gratefully accepted.
Very good visitor to help with such chores.
Ray: I am always happy to have Wasp visitors in the garden, Mary.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Jun 2017, 14:52
Great shot. C'mon eat your grub, mate.
Ray: Ha Ha

Nice one, Louis!
The grub is nearly as long as the Wasp.
Ray: Wasps can carry big payloads, Brian.
I assume that's a useful function?
Ray: Oh yes...Nature keeping a balance!

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