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Wasp on a Mission by thrumyeye Wasp on a Mission by thrumyeye
A European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) just caught a bee and flies it to its underground chamber, to serve as food for the wasp larvae.

PS. This shot was taken in Greece.
We were at the beach...of course with te intention to quietly lay down there. Maybe take a little swim.

But then I saw these beautiful dunes, full of plants and full of insects.... So I grabbed my cam and climbed my way up there....to find out these plants all had huge thorns and there were loads of agressive wasps flying around there....
If you could only have seen me there, running through the stingy bushes, chased by wasps, almost falling from the cliff......I love insects, but at that time I deeply hated wasps.....and after a few photos I was forced to go back....:shakefist:
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BlightOwl Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This has to be one of the most amazing shots I've ever seen.  Wonderful work!  Has this been featured in anything?  National Geographic, for example?  I mean, awards and features don't mean much, but they're still nice to get, and this one deserves all of them!  This is, I think, one of your best!
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TinaLouiseUk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!
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Z101rocks Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
CRUSH. STING. DESTROY. SWAG
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Superior-Serperior Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing photo :) The wasp is like natures soldiers and kidnappers. Bumblebee didnt see it coming xD
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:iconrosshi:
Rosshi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Wow
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PhotosbyMarie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Intriguing, and definitely amazing.
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KingOfOdonata Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I always love getting picture of insects in action. Very intriguing to see them go about their daily tasks.
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hankandrej Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
amazing photo!
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wiingzz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice shot!
what lens did you use?
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marie2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
so nice and strange wasp
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:iconupdharmadown:
UpDharmaDown Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
A great photo of the lil'one
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:iconsmederevac:
Smederevac Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Nicely taken!
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Lambaskis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Greece :)
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K0ubA Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
It's amazing how a 400th of a second isn't enough to catch the wings of the wasp without a significant motion blur.

Beautiful shot.
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ARTdorkette Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Wow, looks like a meanie LOL.
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tizjezzme Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
It almost looks like the joker LOL what a great capture!
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susan1606 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD



lol i got many mouths XDDD
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Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
One time long ago, my brother who was 6 at the time, took a fly swatter to a nest of underground wasps cos he had heard dad speak about smoking them out and removing them. Their nest was inches from our cabin on a spot we kids passed a dozen times a day.

It is funny in the memory hole, but at the time, he was so stung even his eye whites were popping out. He had about 50+ stings and the closest doctor was 50 miles away, much of it on dirt roads. He had to be flown to a hospital ... dang what some kids do to get attention!

They can be nasty critters!
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Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
wow!
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Dr-Koesters Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Photographer
Holy sh|t that is perfection .. :)
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the13wizard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Superb captured!
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Tuo-Karhunen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
What a curious little face he makes!
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CynicalFlamingo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
wow!! that is amazing!
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SilhouetteMoon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
:O wow. Never seen that kind before.
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kaush Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing mid-air shot.
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Bellatrix-666 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, great shot!
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
never saw nor even heard of a beewolf before. It caught a bee.. so it`s pretty big. (pls stay in greece, don`t come here.. lol)

It`s got a funny face.. nearly human.. you can make out eyes, nose and mouth. Or maybe I just imagine that :lmao:
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xibalba Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
very nice. worth the effort :)
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buleria Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Brilliant capture-i really enjoy the action.
Remus
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Hieronimus-art Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
wonderful photo, very well took, the bee have a strange face :D
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
On a mission indeed.
When I take shots like this, they always fly in to the lens, or land of the sun-hood :/

Not helpful at all...

Great shot.
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Ilharess Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
never seen such hunting wasps, i don't like them anyway. plants that you saw were thorny euphorbias? there are loads of them on Crete.
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dkstelo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
mega wow...
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HiawathaPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your pictures has been featured in my last journal:heart: [link]
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010   Photographer
Cool capture. Not easy to shoot small insects in flight :)
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Silver-sunset Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. o.O
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AdvancedCartman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
You have been featured in the Animals / Insects section here: Nature Week
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Sophibelle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Wow. The wasp's head is so detailed! :faint:
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tractern Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I have never seen these bugs before, so thanks for showing them to me- very interesting indeed!

Also, this is an incredible action shot!

As well as this, the colours are very cool and subdued. :nod:

Thanks for sharing. :hug:
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IngaVinaude Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   Digital Artist
FANTASTIC!!!!
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mondayheadache Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009   Photographer
Great shot....it almost appears to be winter w/ the colors.
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mamz-L-u Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Oua ! Quel piqué !
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panana94 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
AMAZING !
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darthpayback Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Love your comments!
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Q-tipper Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Incredible shot! I'm doing a double take, it doesn't look real :clap:
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thrumyeye Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
It is real though....:D
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Q-tipper Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I know, I just cannot believe ... it's :wow: I've viewed it many times and it fascinates me to no end :laughing:
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Natalyy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Photographer
Hello,

you've been featured: [link]

:clap:
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Drhoz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, beewolves - the poor males cop so much trouble :) Everybody is out to get them - robber flies and female beewolves out stocking their larders especially
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Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Featured in my journal!:D [link]
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