BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

UNEXPECTED

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As I walked along the path I glanced to my side and saw this bald-faced hornet looking my way. I was struck by its bold colouring which made it stand out against the brown of the bark. This hornet is a member of the wasp family. They are known to attack if their nest is disturbed but generally aren’t a problem when away from their nests. They can be quite beneficial too as they eat flies and other insects. I was surprised that the fly in the picture did not try to fly way. The bald faced hornet has an impressive but rather sinister look. I took this photo at a distance of about five feet, a respectful distance given my subject.

20 thoughts on “UNEXPECTED

  1. Great! 🙂 Many wasps, like mantises, look very alien-like!

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  2. Very nice shot! Glad you didn’t get chased away by him or any lurking friends!

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  3. And the rest of the story … did it catch the fly? Lovely photograph.

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  4. Healthy respect is a good idea – worst sting ever!
    Great capture – it does feel rather sinister. 😉

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  5. Indeed, a nice catch, Belinda! I think wasps always look kind of sinister. Maybe it is just the thought they can give quite a sting if you infringe too much on their privacy.

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  6. It’s almost like he’s wearing heavy duty armour.

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  7. Nice catch. Great shot.

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  8. “Respectful distance” sounds wise!

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  9. Do you think it was a newly emerged Queen from hibernation?

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