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European hornet This is a different hornet than in my previous upload, This one also has a lot of scars on the eyes from all the air battles.<br />
For these pictures i smeared a very rotten apple on a concrete table. And you don&#039;t have to wait long before the wasps dig in, until a hornet shows up, when it does all the other wasps and insects are gone leaving only the hornet to photograph.  European Hornet,Geotagged,Netherlands,Summer,Vespa crabro Click/tap to enlarge

European hornet

This is a different hornet than in my previous upload, This one also has a lot of scars on the eyes from all the air battles.
For these pictures i smeared a very rotten apple on a concrete table. And you don't have to wait long before the wasps dig in, until a hornet shows up, when it does all the other wasps and insects are gone leaving only the hornet to photograph.

    comments (4)

  1. Awesome photo, as always :) Thanks for sharing the tactics in photographing it. Do you think the scars impact their vision by much? Quite a specialist question, I know :)

    PS: please don't forget to set the country in which you photographed it.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks for the comment! I really don't think they suffer from the scars, They all have it and i have photographed some with much bigger scars. But all of them take down other insects with great precision, i can spend hours in the orchard just looking at the hornets taking down and fighting other wasps and insects (and hoping they take my rotten apple bait). Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
      1. Cool. You must also like robber flies then, vicious flying predatory machines. Posted 4 years ago
        1. Yea i really do! I got a lot of pictures. But a hornet is the ultimate killer machine! Robber flies are often easy to photograph late in the day. Sometimes you can even push them a bit to get a better composition. With a hornet that isn't gonna happen. Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago

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The European hornet ''Vespa crabro'', commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp.

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By JHoppenbrouwers

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Uploaded Apr 7, 2016. Captured Sep 18, 2014 10:21 in Gastelsedijk Zuid 11, 4751 VG Oud Gastel, Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO250