A swarm of wasps arrived the other week, gifting us with a hassle-free shoot (Canon 5D Mark III).
It was early evening as they settled in. We didn’t know what they were. They didn’t appear to have stings but we weren't going to risk anything so made a reluctant decision to smoke them out the next day. After shooting them...
Mid-morning, tropical sun was almost direct. The wasps were hiding in a bush. The extreme light contrasts produced made shooting tricky. But as streaks of sunlight shone through the leaves, hitting the wasps, we were given a couple of spectacular pictures.
Protecting their queen, a few of the (nurse?) wasps grew aggressive and gave a display to frighten us off. Standing on their hind legs, they were flapping their wings, looking angry.
We got the message.
This picture is upside down. It’s very grainy because it’s so dark but it does accentuate that threat display. We played with the colors, giving it an ‘Avatar’ look.
The colony moved on the following day - either they’d been in between nests or our filming had disturbed them. Fortunately, we wouldn't have to play with any more fire…
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