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Familiar Yellow

Wasps make up an enormously diverse array of insects, with some 30,000 identified species. We are most familiar with those that are wrapped in bright warning colors—ones that buzz angrily about in groups and threaten us with painful stings.

But most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging varieties. And all do far more good for humans by controlling pest insect populations than harm.

Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow "waist," called a petiole, that separates the abdomen from the thorax.

They come in every color imaginable, from the familiar yellow to brown, metallic blue, and bright red. Generally, the brighter colored species are in the Vespidae, or stinging wasp, family.

All wasps build nests. Whereas bees secrete a waxy substance to construct their nests, wasps create their familiar papery abodes from wood fibers scraped with their hard mandibles and chewed into a pulp.(Source-National Geographic)

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Jeff Robinson
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    Outstanding capture and info Lorraine!

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8/17/2012 4:07:37 PM

Tammy Espino
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2007

That's one awesome macro! :)

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8/17/2012 8:47:12 PM

Douglas Pignet
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/6/2008

beautiful colors and lighting...nicely done

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8/18/2012 5:02:58 AM

Michelle Alton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2007

Wonderful image, Lorraine, ALMOST eclipsed by the great information you provided!

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8/18/2012 5:15:54 AM

Joy Rector
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2002

beautiful shot

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8/18/2012 6:14:49 AM

John Connolly
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Great information and an excellent capture Lorriane! We have our fair share of these characters in Australia!

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8/18/2012 2:33:45 PM

Phillip R. Connolly
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An excellent capture, Lorraine! You have provided some facinating information for us! Well done!


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8/25/2012 8:24:02 PM

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