Thank you, to yoshizen and Finn Holding for the ID!

25 responses

  1. Beautiful! Up close and personal……the wasp’s coloring perfectly compliments his chosen meal!

    Pam and Sam

    June 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

  2. Frank Wallace


    June 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

  3. This is a Hover Fly not a Wasp. ( Wasp has two pairs of wings but
    Fly has only one pair, and they got no sting like Wasps or Bees =
    so that they got look a like guise to protect themselves )
    And they are more timid, hence easily fly away = still you managed
    to close = good effort to take beautiful picture. Well done 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • Thanks so much for the ID, yoshizen. I retitled it right away after seeing your comment yesterday. I also have new images of my Queen Wasp, which show her two sets of wings, so that is helpful for me to know for the future–to distinguish wasps from others–thank you!)

      June 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

      • Good good.
        I learned it with the lessons of hundreds stung
        when I was a kids. 😀

        June 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

  4. Such lovely sunny pictures. They made me smile 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  5. Lovely pictures Melanie, and as Yoshizen said your wasp is in fact a hoverfly. At least that’s what we call them in the UK, you may have another name for them in the US. And they have adopted wasp-like garb as a defensive measure to deter potential predators.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    • Thank you, Finn, for helping with the ID. I retitled my post right after hearing from you and yoshizen. I appreciate your help! This is one of the things I enjoy about blogging; the exchange with others who are helping me to learn about the subjects I’m photographing. Thanks again!

      June 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

  6. Well captured. It’s always fun to see macro world like this.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  7. Wonderful, Melanie…always amazing how you get so close. 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  8. myfullresearch

    Fotografie delicate. They open the viewer’s soul.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  9. elmediat

    Beautiful macro shots. It is wonderful when a photographer casts their eye hover there and finds beauty and wonder. 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  10. I especially love the third shot!

    June 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  11. Wonderful macros!

    June 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  12. Fantastic shots. perfect focus and all very beautiful. 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  13. These are absolutely beautiful, Lemony!

    June 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  14. So wasps are the new obsession 🙂 great shots

    June 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  15. Beautiful!

    June 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  16. Great shot! What a kind insect to stay at this blossom while you took a photo! 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 7:11 am

  17. Superb detail.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

  18. Good hoverfly, Melanie! I see them often when I’m fishing in my little brook trout stream in northern Minnesota. They’re so named–as you very probably already know–because they frequently hover in one spot in mid-air, nearly perfectly still, like tiny helicopters. They’re among the most adept insect fliers, along with dragonflies, damselflies, and their kin. And they are a wonder to behold!

    June 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  19. Fabulous shots.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

  20. Wow, that is a beautiful set of pictures!

    June 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

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