Tagged: vespidae

Empty House

Hornet's Nest
Hornet’s Nest

My parents are remodeling their house, which is one of those processes that will, invariably lead to all kinds of surprises. This is a close up of a very large hornet’s nest that they found inside of one of the south walls — I’ve keyed it out as Vespa.

It’s always shocking to me that insects that people think of as dangerous and aggressive, like these hornets, can establish themselves next to humans and remain unnoticed for years before evidence of their existence is even discovered.

I just really like paper wasps, okay?

Don’t judge me.

Common Paper Wasp
Common Paper Wasp

I find this picture incredibly hilarious. No, wasp, stinging the paper won’t actually solve your problems. In fact, since your problems are mostly that some large, obnoxious primate has captured you, shoved you in a box and keeps flashing bright lights in your face, it might actually make them worse, because the large, obnoxious primate finds your behavior charming.

Polistes exclamans, at least I think so … feel free to correct me if she’s really something else.

I am not sure what it says about my apartment that this is the fourth species of paper wasp that I’ve seen outside. (Polistes dominula is coming to a blog near you, as soon as I can catch one!) Possibly it says that my apartment is awesome. Or full of caterpillars.

Photo Details
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens with 36mm extension tube on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/18, 1/100 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

It’s Finally Happened…

… there is now a large, annoyed wasp loose in my apartment. I probably need to catch her before the kitten does, since the kitten (a) does not know about wasp stings and (b) probably won’t be gentle with my photo subject.

Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp

I think that this is Polistes metricus, although it could be P. fuscatus. I don’t know. It’s a big damn red wasp. That my kitten wants to eat.

Photo Details

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/14, 1/125 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paper Wasp

I think my whitebox is making me stupid.

Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp

I’m fairly certain that this is the Apache Wasp, Polistes apachus, but I’d welcome any alternate IDs.


Photo Details
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/16, 1/100 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5