07.07.2021 Wasp on a hot blue tarp

With apologies to Mr. T. Williams.

While splitting our firewood the other day I noticed this Dark Paper Wasp-Polistes fuscatus on the tarp covering what is already stacked. I guess the cool morning had it in a slight torpor as it stayed put for quite a while…moving around a bit but not flying off and not at all aggressive.

After making the first shot I went back to splitting but noticed it had turned a bit so picked up the camera (my 40D with 100 macro) and got two more facing views after a water drop had been picked up.

After a slight turn one more with a full head on view.

This was my second time shooting the wasp on this tarp, the previous with the phone.  I am not sure why but the tarp seems a favorite spot for some.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 07.07.2021 Wasp on a hot blue tarp

  1. picpholio says:

    Great shots Steve !

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  2. Great captures, Steve, love that shot with the water drop. It is so interesting the non-natural items these little critters are sometimes attracted to.

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  3. Do you know whether picking up the water drop was incidental versus serving some purpose?
    If you previously had as saturatedly colorful a background in one of your pictures, I don’t remember it.


    • I didn’t post the previous shot here, just on FB. The wasp stayed on the tarp for quite a while and the drop was smaller later and then disappeared so I am guessing it might have been for drinking but don’t know for sure.


  4. Maybe it’s considering changed from Dark Paper to Blue Nylon Wasp. Great shots!

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  5. A good study in what we as humans consider beautiful, and what we consider ugly, and how close examination can alter that perspective. Nicely done.

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    • Thanks, Bob. Absolutely. I’ll admit to appreciating the beauty of insects only later in life. I really wish I had been more interested when in college and my brain was more like a sponge. There is so much to learn. .


  6. Vibrant and absolutely stunning detail, Steve. Bally well done!! Fabulous! 🙏📷

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    • Thanks, Rob. This is the second time I have photographed this species on the tarp and my initial reaction to the tarp was not positive. But I am liking it more for its brightness. Not quite “nature” but it does add appeal.

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    It is not very often that a wasp is so cooperative and allows you to take such fabulous portraits, Steve!

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  8. shoreacres says:

    It never, ever had occurred to me that any insect could pick up a water droplet. I’m as fascinated by that as I am impressed by the beautiful colors in the images — wasp and tarp alike. It’s a good thing Williams’s cat didn’t show up to disturb your portrait session.

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    • That cat might have been smart enough to leave a wasp alone. Maybe not. I have seen the behavior before but never photographed it. I am glad that you also see the beauty of the wasp. I think most folks are just fearful of them. The tarp, albeit not a natural element, does add a little pizzazz.


  9. Eliza Waters says:

    These are awesome macros, Steve. The water drop capture is brilliant!

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  10. That is one hell of a wasp, Steve! The blue tarp works really well with it. Great photos, detailing this mini beast!

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  11. Littlesundog says:

    That wasp appears to be posing for a photoshoot. I am curious about the water droplet… what’s that all about?

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  12. blhphotoblog says:

    Lovely images Steve, a beautiful wasp.

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