Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Brown Paper Wasp

Posted by Darren on July 17, 2010

I’ve been seeing lots of these small Brown Paper Wasps (Ropalidia revolutionalis) today, so I tried to get a few shots.  I usually find these wasps on their paper nests, but I have been seeing lots of solitary individuals roosting on small twigs during the middle of the day.  These particular wasps are very alert and watch your every move when you approach them.  Getting closer to the solitary individuals is a lot easier than trying to photograph nesting wasps as they are far less friendly.  Although these wasps look plain brown to the naked eye, they certainly have some interesting patterns when viewed up close.  I love the patterns on their multi-lensed eyes.

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