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Aug 09, 2011 15:54 |  #1

I was spraying down some plants this afternoon when a big bug flew by that I couldn't readily ID. I hit it with some water, forcing it to land in a bush and went to investigate. I was fairly stoked to see a Steel-blue Cricket Hunter (Chlorion aerarium) with a cricket!

I ran into the house to grab the camera before she dried off enough to fly away. I didn't take the time to set the camera up for the conditions, so the exposure is a bit off.

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2. When she climbed to the end of this branch and lifted off, I lost track of her (I had my eye in the viewfinder).
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3. A few moments later I spotted her on the ground nearby, looking for the cricket which she had apparently dropped in flight. Somehow she managed to find it in the gravel, then I followed as she carried it over the rocks for about 35 feet. I kept hoping she'd stop at her burrow which might be nearby, but she began climbing a 4-foot shrub at the end of the yard. When she got to the top, she lifted off again and went over a 5-foot wall and into my neighbor's yard. I saw her land at the base of a piece of concrete and go underground.
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Amazing instincts, to be able to locate the dropped cricket, then carry it past five shrubs to climb the tallest one which would help get her over the wall.

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Aug 09, 2011 22:22 |  #2

Great captures Moose. Gorgeous wasp with prey!


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Aug 10, 2011 00:50 |  #3

Wonderful captures- esp like the last 2 shots
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Aug 10, 2011 01:09 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #4

Thanks Kurt and Brian. It was a lucky find.

Now if I can just find that big wasp I saw today which I think was a Cicada Killer...


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Aug 10, 2011 03:23 |  #5

That is cool. I saw a wasp land on my porch with a green inch worm last week. I ran and grabbed my camera but when I came back it was gone.


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Aug 10, 2011 09:21 |  #6

great series, Moose




  
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Aug 10, 2011 09:58 |  #7

Wow, really beautiful wasp, moose.

And hitting it with water? Never heard of that technique before. I'm always too scared to even go near wasps, LOL


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Aug 10, 2011 10:30 |  #8

ebert wrote in post #12909910 (external link)
Wow, really beautiful wasp, moose.

And hitting it with water? Never heard of that technique before. I'm always too scared to even go near wasps, LOL

Thanks. Well, I didn't knock her down to be mean (and it was more of a mist than a stream of water); just wanted to get a closer look ;).

The only time I've ever been stung was as a kid when I knocked a large Paper Wasp nest off a house (so I had it coming). I've gotten up close to plenty of bees and wasps lately for photos, and they've never gotten aggressive.


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Aug 10, 2011 13:14 |  #9

nice shots...beautiful color on wasp...


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Aug 10, 2011 13:58 as a reply to  @ jadrock's post |  #10
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Those are exciting images to capture, and you did a superb job "on the fly" :cool:

Congratulations!




  
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Aug 10, 2011 17:50 |  #11

Just plain awesome!!!!


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Aug 12, 2011 20:58 |  #12

LV Moose wrote in post #12910071 (external link)
Thanks. Well, I didn't knock her down to be mean (and it was more of a mist than a stream of water); just wanted to get a closer look ;).

The only time I've ever been stung was as a kid when I knocked a large Paper Wasp nest off a house (so I had it coming). I've gotten up close to plenty of bees and wasps lately for photos, and they've never gotten aggressive.

Def will try this sometime, when I get over my fear of wasps. :lol:

I have some pretty aggressive yellow jackets in my garden, I'm always afraid they will fly up and bite my face. I love bees though.


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Aug 12, 2011 21:22 |  #13

LV Moose wrote in post #12910071 (external link)
Thanks. Well, I didn't knock her down to be mean (and it was more of a mist than a stream of water); just wanted to get a closer look ;).

I have used water before to get wasps to relax a bit. I use a misting bottle. Seems they hate to fly when their wings are wet. Only ones I haven't seen it real effective on is Thread-waisted wasps.

Didn't mean to hijack your thread.. lol.

Again, great shots here!


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Aug 12, 2011 22:17 |  #14

Great ones! Love the composition and DOF here. Well done!


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Aug 13, 2011 00:13 |  #15

wow.. great capture.. :)


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