A tale of two wasps - Wildlife photograph of the year

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A tale of two wasps - Wildlife photograph of the year

Postby Euchroeus » 14 Oct 2020 23:19


Winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020,

A tale of two wasps by Frank Deschandol (Aka Frank Canon)
Behaviour: Invertebrates

This remarkable simultaneous framing of a red-banded sand wasp (left) and a cuckoo wasp, about to enter next-door nest holes, is the result of painstaking preparation. The female Hedychrum cuckoo wasp – just 6 millimetres long (less than 1/4 inch) – parasitizes the nests of certain solitary digger wasps, laying her eggs in her hosts’ burrows so that her larvae can feast on their eggs or larvae and then the food stores. The much larger red-banded sand wasp lays her eggs in her own burrow, which she provisions with caterpillars, one for each of her young to eat when they emerge.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 100mm f2.8 lens + close-up 250D lens + reverse-mounted lens; 5 sec at f13; ISO 160; customized high-speed shutter system; six wireless flashes + Fresnel lenses; Yongnuo wireless flash trigger; Keyence infrared sensor + Meder Reed relay + amplifier; Novoflex MagicBalance + home-made tripod.

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Re: A tale of two wasps - Wildlife photograph of the year

Postby Frank_Canon » 19 Oct 2020 15:49

Thank you very much Paolo !

Btw I just received the book, awesome ! Now I have some new targets for next year :slurp:
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