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Hornet

This hornet has its nest in the ground close to the hedge from which it is gathering nectar. It is one of the few insects that has managed to avoid the fortnightly fumigation of the garden...possibly because it is a day-feeder and is underground in its nest in the night when the fumigation procedure is executed.

Hornet

This hornet has its nest in the ground close to the hedge from which it is gathering nectar. It is one of the few insects that has managed to avoid the fortnightly fumigation of the garden...possibly because it is a day-feeder and is underground in its nest in the night when the fumigation procedure is executed.

comments (15)

Fantastic! You are becoming the King of macros Ray. The color and clarity are superb and detail of the hornet is amazing. I once got stung by a hornet and cried for days smile
Ray: Ouch! Hornets are very capable of defending against any perceived threat, Frances.
Brilliant indeed Ray!
Ray: I am pleased you like it, Juan Carlos.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2012, 08:56
A great survivor then Ray: lovely shot
Ray: They seem to be hardy, capable critters, Chris...I give 'em lots of respect, although I did get rather close to this one.
Look at that eye! Really great shot much deserving of a likey.
Ray: They do have fabulous eyes, Mary. Thank you for your generous remark.
I like its technique Ray

... and a superb image
Ray: They seem very capable critters, Richard.

Thank you for your kind comment.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2012, 11:05
Fantastic macro capture.
Ray: You are very generous, Pedroeric.
Just one word Ray: OUTSTANDING!
Ray: I gather you like this snap, Richard.
simply stunning mate
really nice!!
Ray: Thank you, Rob. I got in really close on this occasion.
i'm amazed by those details. very patient of you to have executed this to perfection
Ray: I was rather patient this time, Ayush...stalked this poor critter for quite some time, and got several interesting shots.
Amazing shot, Ray - fantastic detail.
Ray: I managed to get in close to this critter, Tom,
This is a great macro Ray with superb detail of both the wasp and the stamen of the flower...
Wasps are nasty insect easily provoked... and not good to have around with a bunch of wee ones... i had a nest below one of our bay windows for a few year... when we were calking the house after the varnishing.... Jacques our painter sealed up all the 3 ft boards except the largest crack that was their main entrance... on the last strip i inserted an insecticide with a straw nozzle... Jacques started calking at the bottom and when he got to the straw i emptied half the can... then he sealed up the hole and we ran... the ones outside the nest tried to find the entrance for about three hours before moving away....petersmile
Ray: Most hornets are well equipped to defend their territory, Peter. Those that live in large communities seem to be more aggressive than those that live alone.

This one is a loner..makes its own nest in the ground, and raises a small batch of babies.

I am respectful of hornets [and wasps and bees], especially as I have a potentially deadly reaction to their venom, but still like to try for shots like this as I think they are beautiful subjects.

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I don't know how big your hornets are but the ones here scare the living daylights out of me!

Excellent picture Ray
Ray: They come in different sizes, Bill...this one was medium to large [say twice as big as a European Honey Bee].
Great work!
Ray: Thank you, Ed...you are very kind.
You have got such a lot of detail in this one Ray, not the most attractive of critters.
Ray: I got in very close, Brian.

I suppose "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as I find them to be beautiful and interesting critters.
That's amazing! Look at that crazy eye!!
Ray: She's an impressive, muscular sort of a critter, Elizabeth, and her eye is wonderful!

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