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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Yellow Jacket Nest


Under our back porch, I found this nest unattended mid-June. I removed it and took some pictures before putting it in the birdfeeder.

At the center of the nest were capped cells, pupa preparing to emerge. Following a spiral shape outward are younger and younger larva. In this picture, the capped cells are at the top, then in the upper right an older larva, diagonally down and left a younger larva, to the left an even younger one, and so on. At the bottom of the picture are cells with single eggs and a clear drop of liquid. It's like being able to watch the development of this insect using time elapse photography. Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Oricon Ailin said...

Now these things, I am totally afraid of. Very allergic. BUT, this is a neat shot. I've never really seen a yellow jacket nest up close. *smiles*

RobW said...

That is a seriously cool piece of macro work.

Julio said...

wow, great macro, beautiful. Good work...

Aravis said...

This is an amazing shot. You capture such beautiful detail!