Welcome to the Wonderland of Wasps

Looking-GoodNot Alice’s Wonderland, but my world of small shown big.

Alice in Wonderland did not run into bees and wasps, but can you imagine running into them if they were really big? Alice mistook flying elephants for bees seeing them buzzing flowers in the far distance. Think back to when you were a curious seven and a half year-old, and follow this Yellow Jacket on its journey. What might we find?

wet-WaspWhen not flying around or stinging adversaries, did you ever wonder what wasps are up to in November? Well, let me tell you…

WaspTrekThey take a scenic hike. Going for a walk is most relaxing, even stopping for a dip in the lake.

Walking-the-Plank

They explore end to end.

Grasshopper-on-moss

They look for some companionship…

Wasp-on-Edge

and visit other insects.

LongDrop

Wasp-Beetle

They might sit for a spell.

Greener pastures are calling. Time for lunch…

WaspDrinking

A good sip of water can be found.

WaspSipping

And tasty fruit.

Wasp-Having-Meal

Yum, yum, yum.

WaspDining

After a good meal, they do a thorough cleaning.

Cleaning-Antenna

Have a good scratch and fluff up the hairs.

Itch

Then take off and find new adventures. There are always new adventures to be found in Wonderland.

Crossing-the-Precipice

Want to know how I got these photos? It is November remember? It was 68° today, and the insects were a bit sluggish. I…

  • Set up a tiny landscape on a decaying poplar log. Moss and leaves makes the terrain.
  • Provided a little water and fruit for them to enjoy.
  • Added the insects I carefully caught in a jar.
  • Placed them on my poplar log in the garden.
  • Set up the camera on a tripod with a 60mm macro lens.
  • Watched what would happen.

The grasshopper only stayed a second or two, but the wasp was there for a long while enjoying the handouts. Snow this weekend, so the insects will be sheltering in the garden.

Macro-MondayI will be back blogging in a jiffy. Enjoy this post and others to follow.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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34 Responses to Welcome to the Wonderland of Wasps

  1. Hello! I enjoyed these wasp pictures – you made it easy to imagine what its day would be like!

  2. David says:

    Really nice series of photos and story.

  3. Emily Scott says:

    A clever way to get the photos. I like the green of the moss with the yellow of the wasp.

  4. Denzil says:

    Super pictures! And lovely captions to accompany them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    awesome pictures !

  6. A wonderful set of photos – thanks.

  7. arlene says:

    Nice captures Donna, love them all.

  8. Wonderful pics, our wasps are all away, winter has arrived! I’m sure we’ll see them again at apple blossom time. Thanks for sharing

  9. Karen says:

    Wonderful photos as always, Donna! Wasps have stung me far too many times this year to have warm fuzzy feelings for them, but I do appreciate their place in Nature. Such a change in the weather here today; from 60+ to snow this morning. I think our insects are gone for a few months now, too.

  10. swo8 says:

    That was quite the show, Donna. You aren’t taking much time off. Lovely photos and a story to go along with it.
    Leslie

    • Actually, I am still off on GWGT until December. Posts are still new on Nature and Wildlife Pics. I am doing photography posts on my other blog. This was a previous post on the same day, I just changed the November temperature from 64 to this year’s temp of 78. I was not expecting so many comments. It is nice people are commenting.

  11. aussiebirder says:

    Magnificent macros Donna, they really showcase the amazing intricacy in the colour and design of each tiny body.

  12. You always do a wonderful job, not only with your photography, but also in capturing or setting up the scenes and describing the situations. Lovely.

  13. Rose says:

    Your photos are amazing! And thanks for explaining how you captured all these stunning shots–I was marveling at your patience and steady hand. Fascinating as well–I enjoy getting up close and observing bees, but wasps are another story:)

  14. Like every time it’s a real pleasure to follow your posts and congratulations for your pictures , it’s amazing , it’s like a dream

  15. Brilliantly done, Donna. Haven’t visited for a while — now I’m enjoying catching up. P. x

  16. I almost missed this post. Great photos!

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