Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Posted on 09/06/2015

Photo taken on August 15, 2015

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Ness Gardens
digger wasp
Mellinus sp.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Digger Wasp

Digger Wasp
A digger wasp working on one of a cluster of nest holes in the middle of a path across the rockery at Ness Gardens. Tentatively identified as Mellinus sp.

Identification was a challenge - body markings are variable and the criteria to use is the shape of the spaces between the wing veins called sub-marginal cells. I've given it my best shot to find the genus, but it could well be incorrect! Updates welcome.

Mackedwars, Don Sutherland, Tractacus, Kenny and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo

6 comments - The latest ones
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Lovely shot Roy although I'm not a fan of wasps.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Roger (Grisly)
Many thanks Roger. These are hunters of other insects and not the social wasps that make a nuisance of themselves.
2 years ago.
Wonderful capture Roy, pretty colours.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Stormlizard
Many thanks John.
2 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Super macro.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Don Sutherland
Many thanks Don.
2 years ago.