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So you're trying to put together a photo gallery of "Lamma Bugs That Did NOT Sting L-G"?

That might take you quite a few years.... or decades.

But then, you're a very, very, very patient photographer....

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Our anonymous guy seems to be sooo shy, almost like a reclusive, secretive wild bird. He didn't even tell us about this great honour he's just received from one of the biggest nature photography websites worldwide:

Image of the Week selection for the Flora and Macro Gallery, week ending 29th October, 2010: Vespa tropica:

http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=186455

Sincere congratulations! Another Lamma-zine story about the best wildlife photographer of Lamma, and maybe all of HK, is guaranteed, including the Making Of this photo.

We're honoured that your fantastic photos are once again, after a much too long break, gracing this forum!

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How on earth did you manage to find that? ..... I didn't even know until I went into the Macro forum today to see if there were any more comments & found my image had been removed.... was just about to query it when I saw the announcement at the top of the page.

Thanks for yr comment L-G..... feel a little sorry for the other photographers there though.... they go out night & day & get some unbelievable photos..... and I haven't posted there for at least 2 years... and just because I was able to post something a little different...., I steal the prize. Doesn't seem quite fair.

Nonetheless, am still chuffed. :jump:


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Bicolor.
A shot from about 3/4yrs ago... this sorta looks like the tropica, but from memory was about the same size as the affinis.... is it an affinis/tropica?

The only really large wasp/hornet I have seen on Lamma is a really big all-brown one.............. would've got a photo, but my dog ate it (alive).
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That is indeed V. tropica, as you can see from the yellow band being restricted to the second abdominal segment. The smallest tropica workers may be only the same size as larger affinis workers. The other hornet in this excellent photo would be V. velutina, possibly the most vicious hornet in Hong Kong near its nest, although you would be safe enough away from the nest!

The very big wasp you mention may be the giant paper wasp Polistes gigas - see my attached photo. This species is unique in that the males get even bigger than the females and I'm guessing your dog ate a male, otherwise he could have been stung!


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By the way, that photo of the V. tropica frozen in flight is simply beautiful, too good for words. It deserves to win any insect photography contest.

I might one day experiment with a similar setup as yours - it gets tiring trying to follow them with the lens and changing the focus manually non-stop!


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Hi bicolor... thanks yr comments.
Yes I think the wasp you are holding is the one my dog ate.... have seen him following another one round the last few days.

Has the velutina hibernated ? .... not seen any around...... they are the easiest to photograph & most photogenic of all the wasps.

Haven't tried photographing wasps for about 3/4 years, but during August/September seems to be when most are around. I recall that I had 30-40 various wasps flying around my set-up at any one time, making it very easy to get shots... but at the moment are only coming in a couple at a time.


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This year has, strangely, been a very poor year for most of the social wasps, even the more common species don't seem as abundant as before. Only the affinis seem to be similar in number to previous years. Velutina, on the other hand, have become somewhat rare - they should otherwise still be around, since they are one of the latest to disappear and hibernate (January - February, as opposed to late December - early Jan for affinis and November for tropica).

By the way, I don't seem to recall seeing Vespa bicolor in your shots - it is the smallest and usually most common hornet, mainly light yellow in ground colour. This species would be the most common in the winter months, being highly tolerant to cold.


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WOW~!this one is soooo great~!!! 8)
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And this one should be the Vespa tropica... the one you didn't get stung by...


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It looks like it's bouncing on a trampoline


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