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Okay, that doesn't really fit, but this week's Doctor Who episode definitely made me sing that song in my head all the time now! *g*

And right on cue, I had the opportunity today to snap a couple of pictures of a hornet! I want to share them with you because I think they're most amazing!

Isn't she just so beautiful?

Er yes, my funky fingernails are showing on this one! ^^;;; I was experimenting with some new nail polish I got for my toes to match my new sandals... uhm, yeah.

If I'm not mistaken, this is a European Hornet. When I stop being lazy, I'll take out my snazzy entomology book I got from [ profile] no_ron and do a proper taxonomy.

So fuzzy! <3

This is the most amazing shot ever. How often do you get to see the bottom of a hornet! Fantastic! As you can see, she was busy drinking up the drops on the glass! *g*

Close-up on head. So sleek and beautiful!

And just to clear up with a myth? Hornets are not dangerous. Their sting is actually less poisonous than the one of a wasp and just about as painful, and they are in fact a lot less aggressive than wasps. So, stop trying to kill those poor creatures all the time. No wonder they're endangered.

Date: 2008-05-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So gross. :P

Date: 2008-05-18 04:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-05-18 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
those are awesome photos! what kind of camera do you have?

Date: 2008-05-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I have a Minolta Dimage Z2. Not the best for this purpose, most likely, but it has a pretty decent macro function which allows me to take such snazzy pictures of insects! :D

Date: 2008-05-18 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cute! Cute nails too.

Date: 2008-05-18 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! X3 You should see my toes! Hehehe...

Date: 2008-05-18 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is one beautiful hornet, and the photos are just stunning! :)

Date: 2008-05-18 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! ^^ I'm always happy when people appreciate the beauty of insects and don't go EEEEEEEEEW!!!!!!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is so pretty. I think hornets over here look different? Or maybe I've just always been pointed out the wrong bee. I thought they were black all over!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I think the US mainly has bald-faced hornets which are almost completely black. Like most insects, there are dozens of different kinds within one genus and all of them are beautiful! :D

Date: 2008-05-18 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
did you use a tripod and flash?


Date: 2008-05-18 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

No, I just held the glass the hornet was crawling around on into my hand and snapped pictures with my camera, using the macro function. Nothing fancy at all!

Date: 2008-05-18 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you crop well :)

Date: 2008-05-19 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
awww! she's so pretty.

gahah. i sound like a girl.

Date: 2008-05-19 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i may be wrong, but i think what you have there is a yellowjacket (Paravespula).
a hornet is somewhat larger (although that part is a bit hard to judge from the pics alone) and the darks of its thorax are more brownish than black. also, i doubt you'd want to mess around with a hornet on a glass.. it's quite respect-commanding. :)

very cool pics. insect anatomy is quite amazing! *_*

Date: 2008-05-21 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*screams like a girl*

But still, cuteness.


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