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Jun 26, 2016 02:31 |  #1

My wife spotted what she thought was a colony of bees nesting in a triangular upraised median between two roads. An area about four square meters was riddled with holes, and it's hard to say just how many Beewolf nests there were -had to have been well over fifty. Every ten minutes or so I'd see a large female bring something back to the nest. At the time I didn't know what this critter was, or its hunting habits. But I quickly learned what they were carrying when one of them tried to get its prey into a hole but the honeybee was sideways and wouldn't fit. I spooked it when I got close enough to shoot it, so I camped out at the entrance waiting until I saw its antenna sticking up before framing and focusing where I thought it would be.

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IMAGE: https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7369/27695106652_474c9fbd68_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JcjE​jQ] (external link)Bee Wolf with Prey (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I noticed that the males were perched upside down on grass stalks -probably looking to mate. Since males will get territorial I decided to try my luck and bend the grass stalk over so that the wasp was horizontal and it worked. I took this set in the heat of the day and the critter didn't care that I was getting close. I shaded the subject so that I could use the flash to expose it, and freeze any motion, and natural light for the background. After the first frame I picked a grass stalk that a Beewolf was on and held it to the sky.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 1x to about 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC). These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7444/27764852891_885a75fca3_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Jiu8​sc] (external link)Beewolf I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Hyuy​Xm] (external link)Beewolf II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JpLz​Cv] (external link)Beewolf III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

On a side note: I was published in the July issue of Digital SLR Magazine (external link).

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Jun 26, 2016 09:32 |  #2

Superb set John.

Congratulations on the publication.:-)


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Jun 26, 2016 09:50 |  #3

Excellent and interesting set. Congratulations on publication! :)


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Jun 26, 2016 11:06 |  #4

Looks like their name is quite appropriate! Enjoyed the set. Thank you for sharing them.




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Jun 26, 2016 11:38 |  #5

Thanks Bas, Can, and Bob 8-)


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Jun 27, 2016 00:34 |  #6

Wonderful captures- congrats on the publication
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Jun 27, 2016 00:52 as a reply to LordV's post |  #7

Thanks Brian 8-)


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Jun 28, 2016 11:51 |  #8

Great set as usual John - it looks as though it is grinning at you lol.

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Jun 28, 2016 15:17 |  #9

LindaB wrote in post #18052373 (external link)
Great set as usual John - it looks as though it is grinning at you lol.

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Thanks Linda 8-)

They always seem to have a goofy look on their face :)


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