Tarantula hawk wasp

This morning I ran across a flowering bush with several of these beautiful creatures enjoying the blooms. Apparently their sting can be extremely painful for a short period of time, but it is not dangerous to humans (very dangerous to the other creatures they prey on, such as tarantulas!) However, they are not easily provoked and didn’t seem to even notice my presence.

By the way, I had my zoom lens and was about four or five feet away. The morning light brought out the beautiful colors, and the close photo captures their amazing details. They were a joy to photograph!

(Note: yes, they were edited in Lightroom)

Indeed, our everyday world presents intellectual challenges just as daunting as those of the cosmos and the quantum, and that is where 99 per cent of scientists focus their efforts. Even the smallest insect, with its intricate structure, is far more complex than either an atom or a star.
~Martin Rees

19 Comments Add yours

  1. These are beautiful photos, he’s a colorful creature up close

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    1. Thank you! They were just beautiful in the morning sun!!

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  2. Irene Tron says:

    Fantastic macro shots. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

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    1. Thanks Irene! I was so surprised to see so many, and they just buzzed around that plant. They are so shimmery!

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      1. Irene Tron says:

        You did a great job capturing them. 😊

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  3. Alice says:

    Wow, beautiful colors, and so perfectly made!

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    1. Thank you! They are so cool! 😎

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  4. lolaWi says:

    beautiful macro shot, Lisa. and the quote is so very true! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! It’s amazing what we see when we look closely! 😊

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    1. Thank you! They were so beautiful to watch as they buzzed around the flower bush!

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  5. Cracking photos of a gorgeous insect! Nice one, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you so much, Peter! I really loved these 😊

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  6. Gorgeous wasp! Love all the details and colors you captured!

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    1. Thank you!! I actually want to get one printed and hang it on the wall! (maybe on metal) Just not sure how it would look 😊

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  7. Just Teri says:

    As I do everything to avoid wasps, I’ve missed their beauty. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    1. They are pretty cool, aren’t they? And they just ignored me, thank goodness, since I read afterwards they have a horrible sting! Thank you!

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      1. Just Teri says:

        Yes, I’ve been on the receiving end as a child – they have my respect – LOL Glad they ignored you πŸ™‚

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