Wasp and pitcher plant (pic)
A European paper wasp (Polistes dominula) trying to feed on the tiny droplets of nectar secreted on the underside of the operculum of a yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava). As you can see the wasp had a very precarious hold on the slippery lip of the plant. You can tell that this wasn’t going to end well…at least not for the wasp. Moments later it slipped and disappeared into the trap.
Olympus OM-D E-M5; Zuiko 60mm micro 4/3 macro; manual exposure (F11 @ 1/200 sec); Olympus RF-11 ring flash (1/2 power); 200
P8120201 wasp on pitcher plant copyright ernie cooper 2013 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
Last edited by ECooper; 08-02-2013 at 01:29 PM.
Great pic! I cannot count how many wasps my late S. flava captured...many traps would end up rotting if I wouldn't pay attention, due to too many wasps inside the pitchers!
Awesome picture! Working hard to learn how to take better pics right now. That kind of image makes me hate the ones I have taken lol.
Darned buggers around here have learned to chew their way out of a pitcher.
If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.