Nature's Place

Mother Wasp

*Click on pictures for the bigger version …

It’s a rare event in my experience, to see this mother lay her egg into the Orange-tail Resin Bee’s nest. Once a year or so.

It’s the only place I see this particular kind of wasp, except when I rescue one from the water below – just as rare.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. JEBA said, on 22/05/2017 at 2:11 pm


  2. kim blades, writer said, on 18/03/2017 at 9:26 pm

    Wasps are a strange combination of prehistoric and futuristic in the design of their bodies. Great photos!

    • Mark said, on 18/03/2017 at 9:55 pm

      Nature runs the gamut of form from the beginning of time, they just got smaller, I think.

      Thanks Kim.

  3. cherylcapaldotraylor said, on 18/03/2017 at 12:37 am

    These are really great close-ups. I like the eye detail, crosshatching, in the first picture!

    • Mark said, on 18/03/2017 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Cheryl. When I see an eye I (nearly) always look at what, if anything, is on the other side of it …

  4. wordwitch88 said, on 17/03/2017 at 10:42 pm

    Gorgeous – and wow, what an event indeed. You must have the stars watching out for you, right place and right time etc. and an incredible amount of patience – bravo – and thank you for sharing with the world :)

    • Mark said, on 18/03/2017 at 7:05 am

      Thanks WW … I think once you put in the work and are available (ready and present) to express what’s been absorbed opportunities present, naturally. No impatience required. :-)

      • wordwitch88 said, on 18/03/2017 at 9:08 am

        I agree – but many don’t understand what’s required or involved, given the nature of “quick shots” etc. So seeing this kind of work, and the quality? Amazing :)

        • Mark said, on 18/03/2017 at 3:01 pm

          Yes, it can look easy … Amazing that we have such a fascinating nature, and the means to ‘snapshot’ some of it.

          • wordwitch88 said, on 18/03/2017 at 11:45 pm

            True – the world of images waiting for our time and attention is incredible, and as one who spent years running around with a camera, and sometimes waiting, observing the slightest nuances, i.e. cloud cover and shifting formations as they change a ground scene from well lit to shadowed etc., I still marvel at work like yours. It’s truly stunning.

            May your eyes and lenses always see in wonder and delight!

  5. David Herman said, on 17/03/2017 at 8:56 am

    a beautiful lady ! Stunning captures Mark

  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 17/03/2017 at 6:29 am

    Very cool!

  7. Graham said, on 17/03/2017 at 6:01 am

    Fabulous pictures as always, Mark. I love the little drop of moisture on there too.

    • Mark said, on 17/03/2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Graham. That’s the one rescued from the water.

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