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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 5 June 2017

INSECT TIME.

Insects have been a week or two late this year. I blame all these elections. I only post now when I see a new one for me and after three days messing have this beauty.


It’s a Giant Ichneumon Wasp or Sabre Wasp. Rhyssa persuasoria. I have seen them before but these are the first snaps I have managed. They are a little shy and SIT- STAY they don’t understand. I’m not surprised neither do my dogs.
I know it is a trivial posting pictures of wasps when the country is fighting the religion of peace but hey hum none of my family died so a tea light will do.

28 comments:

  1. Great photos of an interesting creature. The way the world is going, Adrian, it is good to have a distraction.

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  2. Geweldig mooi Adriaan dit is genieten.

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  3. Thank you! I'd much rather see pictures of a Giant Whatever Wasp than one more story about Kathy Griffin.

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    1. She hasn't had much attention here.

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    1. Keith, made my day when I found them.

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  5. Great find Adrian, a cracking wee beastie!
    I've become totally hooked on insects, it's a fascinating subject, I'm learning something new nearly every day. I'm also getting into spiders as well now!

    It's good to have you back in blogland, I've missed seeing your images and reading about your unique take on the world!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I'll make a big effort. I split my time between machines and insects.

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  6. Great to have you and your beautiful photos back again, Adrian!

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    1. Thanks Frances. I'll try and post more often.

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  7. It's good to have you back again, Adrian. We've missed you.

    That Ichneumon is wonderful. I saw something almost identical apart from the white markings, and the local insect gurus couldn't tell me what it was. It was a very large female, with an ovipositor probably 50% longer than the body of the thing. If you can offer any clues as to what it might have been, I'd be interested to know. Like yours, it was a bugger to photograph as it only ever stopped moving for a second or two, and was off as soon as approached.

    Good to see you mention the dogs - how are they both?

    Tske good care, and please put up another post inside the next 8 months!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Meant to say - I'm in Scotland next week, giving a talk entitled 'I'm a Bit Of A Bug-er' on Monday!

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    2. Richard they are little devils to snap. These are laying eggs in a fallen Spruce and getting a clear shot is next to impossible.
      Try looking here for your Ichneumon.

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    3. Thanks for the suggestion, Adrian. That was my first port of call. Mine seems identical to Pimpla rufipes apart from the devilishly long ovipositor. These guys couldn't place mine, however!

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    4. Richard, there are some pictures of Sabre Wasps that have black bodies. They all seem to have white bits on their heads, Only the females will have the ovipositor. I'll go out this morning and try for a male.

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  8. Great photos Adrian, and lovely to see you back in blogger land.

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  9. Good to see you're back. (and your front for that matter). I managed some ichneumon wasp photos in New Zealand but I'm not sure that I've managed to photograph them here. They certainly wouldn't be up to that standard anyway.

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    1. Graham, I am now comfortable with the MP-E 65mm lens as I have changed the viewing screen in the camera to a proper prismatic one. Anyone brought up on medium format will think the cost of one (about £30.00p) and the ten trepidacious minutes spent installing it well worth the time and money. I need to get out with the 100mm macro to fit the whole wasp in. I have also given the lens covers on the ring flash a smear of dirty vaseline. That has helped with blow out, much more effective than spit and cigarette papers.

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  10. Great to have you back "on air" Adrian - I have kept checking your site on a regular basis an am glad that you are now posting again - fantastic photographs as always - keep up the good work!

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