Saturday, May 14, 2011

Camera Critters: German Wasp

German Wasp
A German Wasp (Vespula germanica) is gathering wood fibres to build its nest.I've learned as a child that they are not aggressive at all and when you keep a minimum distance, they will ignore you. I got fairly close when taking the photo and the wasp wasn't bothered at all, it was much more intent on getting enough wood as possible. The scraping noise it made while shaving off the wood was quite loud.
Check out the dorsal ocelli on the top of the head, simple eyes that help with flight stability and possibly with a number of other things.

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