― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
I haven't been stung by one yet that I know about, plenty of bees but no wasps yet. I'm sure my time will come but as I sat on the bank of the inner harbour estuary on Sunday, a particularly delightfully foggy/misty/rainy day, I couldn't help but be drawn to these little guys. When I glanced up at the kayaker and the paddle boarder, I knew what they were doing, but the wasps? I didn't know whether they were hunting or looking for nest sites or just paying a visit to the flax bushes that flank the waters edge. So here is a shot of their activity. They certainly weren't collecting pollen as they are not known to be pollinators. What was their devious business that day, and why should I care? Well..
This is a composite image with two different wasps. Can you see which one I have used twice? I had a few shots of the flax with a clean background and two of the wasps visiting. I made three as generally three is more pleasing to the eye. My settings for the wasp shots Nikon D7000 70-200mm @200mm f/8 1/320 ISO100.