Tagged: ichneumonidae

Parasitoid Wasp

Most of the time, when I find ichneumon wasps, they buzz away before I have the chance to bring out my camera, much less get a good photo. This makes me sad, because parasitoid wasps are probably some of my favorite organisms ever. So, I was pretty excited when I found this girl, who was completely ignoring me while I look a few quick shots.

Female Ichneumon Wasp
Female Ichneumon Wasp

Photo Details
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/10, 1/100 sec
Diffuse Flash
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Female Ichneumon Wasp
Female Ichneumon Wasp

Photo Details
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 400 at f/5.0, 1/100 sec
Ambient Light
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Also, it’s probably worth pointing out that these are both pretty much exactly the same photo, just with different lighting — the first one is using flash to illuminate the subject and background, while the second one is using sunlight behind the subject to create a more dramatic silhouette. (And showing off the veins in her wings.)