Plasticized Cow Killer Wasp

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UploadedJune 20, 2008
TakenAugust 18, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/250 sec at f/22
FlashFlash, strobe return light not detected
Focal Length60 mm
ISO100
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8 responses

  • Chuck Koehler

    Chuck Koehler said (21 Jun 2008):

    I had the wasp in a bowl with plastic wrap over the top so I could take pictures easily without risk of finding out why they call this the Cow Killer. When processed I noticed that all of the out of focus areas took on a Plastic Quality that I find really interesting. Just in case anyone was wondering if it was retouched to look like this - it was'nt.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Um, this is really, really good and very scary.

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (30 Jun 2008):

    That is one scary wasp! Fantastic capture!! Well done

  • Susan Helsel

    Susan Helsel (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2009):

    very cool. I'm always amazed how scary looking macro bugs are

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (25 Jul 2009):

    Wow! Great shot, and interesting effect with the plastic. Thanks for the explanation!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (13 Aug 2009):

    excellent macro

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (30 Sep 2012):

    Good shot of a scary insect - I know - I stepped on one recently. My fault. Bare feet. They seem to appear in August and I worry about the little dogs.

  • Chuck Koehler

    Chuck Koehler said (30 Sep 2012):

    I don't think they are that poisonous. I hear the stings are very painful, and they are called Cow Killers because the stings would become infected and fester on cows then they would die from the infection!

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