08.08.2022 The night time is the right time

For making more wasps apparently.  Actually this was evening so not quite dark yet.

Thread-waisted Wasps-Ammophila sp.  These two were flying all over the boneset patch in tandem.

Here you get a good look at just how “thread-waisted” these wasps are.  I have married  friends who describe themselves as “attached at the hip”.  These two, well I don’t think I need to say more.

When I first saw them I thought it was just one huge wasp.  I had been seeing a rather large one and thought this was a similar species until I reviewed my first shot and saw the two heads.  I have seen other insects stay in their mating attachment before, damselflies and dragonflies in particular, but this seemed different.


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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12 Responses to 08.08.2022 The night time is the right time

  1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Fascinating and they are beautiful.

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  2. Several times I’ve also had that experience of seeing what I thought was one insect and eventually realizing it was two.

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  3. Wally Jones says:

    Terrific photographic opportunity for which you took full advantage!

    Insects are so challenging to photograph well. Thank you for demonstrating it CAN be done.

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    • Thanks again, Wally! I am envious of some of the extreme closeups I see on the web but the majority of those are captive subjects which I prefer to not do. If I was a practicing entomologist I’d have good reason for collecting but don’t think that’s good just to make a photograph. It limits the possibilities but I have an extreme guilt complex and wouldn’t sleep at night with a box full of pinned bugs nearby.

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  4. Very nice Steve! Great images! Always fun to see what you can find in your own gardens!

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