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Vespula vulgaris  Common wasp,Geotagged,German wasp,Netherlands,Spring,Vespula germanica,Vespula vulgaris Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. stunning detail and colours! and the wings are smaller than you would think they are. a really fine shot. Posted 11 months ago
  2. Thank you. Posted 11 months ago
  3. Very nice one, Mike! The foreground is a great idea, as such super macro shots often are a little too black in the background. Posted 11 months ago
    1. Thank you Ferdy. I agree with you about a too black foreground, hence I have worked this time with moss. Posted 11 months ago
  4. I'll bet on Vespula vulgaris for this one, check this simplified key:
    Posted 11 months ago
    1. You're right, zorry. I have changed it. Posted 11 months ago
      1. Without 100% sure, just by looking to the clypeus marking and overall head shape, a Queen. Posted 11 months ago
  5. Love it! Great clarity, color, and comp!! Posted 10 months ago

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The common wasp, ''Vespula vulgaris'', is found in much of Eurasia and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It is often said to occur in North America as well, in which case it is called the common yellowjacket, but a 2010 study argues that the North American populations are a separate species, ''Vespula alascensis''.

The common wasp is a eusocial vespid which builds its grey paper nest in or on a structure capable of supporting it. Underground, it often uses an abandoned.. more

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Uploaded Apr 20, 2017. Captured Apr 15, 2017 13:30 in Slochter 16, 1654 KD Benningbroek, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • f/4.0
  • 4s
  • ISO100
  • 65mm