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  1. Derek897

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    For the last few weeks i have noticed a little pile of what looked like sawdust on a tree stump in the garden. I have been keeping an eye on it, clearing it, but never seeing anything.
    Until this morning

    These are what came out went back in came out again and eventually flew off.
    I saw around 6 fly away, but there seemed to be more down there.
    They look like a wasp type thing i shot a while ago, face wise, but these are just black, might just be because these are just emerging and haven't developed their colours yet or they might not be the same bug at all.
    After watching them all day, they have been busy going back and forth.

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  2. Leroy4bz

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    A fabulous set, the first is just amazing. Your patience really paid off.
     
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  3. mjmountain

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    Incredible photos. #1 in particular. Reminds me of a tie fighter pilot.
     
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  4. TLR-330

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    Very very good. Only to find out what your new friends are now.
     
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  5. alfbranch

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    Very nice work
    Any wider shots or a dorsal shot.
     
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  6. Paul Iddon

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    Brilliant set m8, well done

    Paul.
     
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  7. alfbranch

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  8. Major

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    I admire your work, but personally I wouldn't get that close to them... I hate wasps... :D
     
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  9. Derek897

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    Cheers guys, having gone on bwars and a few others, it seems that they are called Solitary wasps.

    I tried getting some shots of them returning with prey, man that is difficult. Spent hours, had to change setup to include tripod and cable release as the speed of return and entry into burrow meant I missed every time they popped into the ovf.

    Only got 2 that looked ok'ish

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  10. davholla

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    Great photos, well done I am very jealous of you spotting these.
     
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  11. ChrisA

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    Wonderful series of shots. Great to observe them and get shots like that.
     
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  12. GardenersHelper

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    I think the first set is wonderful. Very well done with those.

    With the prey shots, I think I understand how difficult that is. I spent many hours over several days kneeling in front of a wasps nest in the ground in our garden a couple of years ago. They fly so fast that I had huge numbers of shots with nothing in the frame because they had gone by the time I reacted (and that was with fixed focus). Going in to the nest was almost impossible. Almost all the shots I got were of them coming out, and for these I had an instant's notice because I could see them while they were still in the tunnel on their way out. But there was no warning at all when they were on the way in.
     
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  13. alfbranch

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    :agree:


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  14. Derek897

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    Id up date. It seems the id I was given was incorrect and that these are Crossocerus megacephalus that looks about right.
     
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