I found this little guy on my windowsill and transferred him to my white side table. A simple process you might think, but I refused to touch it and was too lazy to get up so I used my lens cap instead. Which wasn’t really appropriate but it worked eventually.

I thought it was a bee at first, but then he seemed too large and looked quite different to others so I called him a wasp. However, @heyjude told me that she thought it was a bee so I did some investigating and I think she’s right, so this paragraph is my edit to correct myself. Thanks Jude!

I don’t know what it is that he’s gripping at his head – I think it’s a tiny chip of paint. This little guy is a little under 2 centimetres long. I used my Olympus OMD EM5 with the macro lens – my favourite setup, and I used Lightroom as usual to edit the photos to bring out more detail. As usual, I have gone with fairly high contrast settings.

I’ll leave you with this close-up of his gossamer wing, which I find fascinating.


I did photograph a bee last year and the photos are quite similar – you can see that post here.
For Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic.
xΒ desleyjane

Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

36 replies on “Of Wasps and Bees

  1. Oh my goodness, I am in awe of the detailed beauty of these photos, Desley. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–you’re macro photography is AMAZING. The way you find beauty in the smallest and most unexpected places…I love it!

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    1. I think you’re right, I wasn’t sure. I did some checking and I think yes wasps are smoother. He just looked longer and skinnier than other bees but maybe he was trying to be a model πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much!

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