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.

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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.

One response to “Commanchus With Prey”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    Another wonderful picture of a wasp!

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