Commanchus With Prey
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I took this photo the other morning of a paper wasp, a Polistes commanchus, with its prey, a small caterpillar, clutched firmly in its mandibles. Paper wasps are omnivores. Although I often see them drinking nectar they will happily capture and consume small invertebrates when given the opportunity.
The main reason why I’m posting this photo, actually, is that I really like it. I’ve had a difficult time photographing this particular species of wasp this summer. Paper wasps are shy by nature, but Polistes commanchus is super shy, usually flying long before I can compose a decent shot. This time, at least, the insect cooperated. For a few seconds she was too engrossed in her meal to care about the guy with the camera crouching three feet away.
Photo taken with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, f16 @ 1/160.