This post should appeal to Laura. She loves her Vespa.
Before I get round to them here is a quick view from our walk yesterday evening. Redcar Beach. We had a grand if arduous wander along the sands. The tide was in so it was hard work walking on the soft sand. There were thousands of Sandhoppers but the funny thing about them is if you pick them up they don’t hop. They always remind me of the flee circus. Brilliant things.
The first of many Vespa. This one is Vespulas vulgaris. The image could be sharper but it does show the anchor like face marking which differentiates it from the German wasp which has three black dots on it’s nose.
These are mostly different wasps but I’m almost sure that they are all Common Wasps feeding on Ivy flowers. I shot these with the 1Ds and by gum it is a heavy camera with a lens and the ring flash on it. None of the images are cropped for magnification so if you would like them larger you will have to click them and use Ctrl+ to zoom in. No insects were damaged and neither I nor the dogs were stung so a happy morning.
Tomorrow we are going for a walk somewhere and then stopping for Sunday lunch. Monday I’m driving down to York for a week where I am assured that there are lots of Newts to look at. I’ll have to take the extension tubes off for newts as they are much bigger than insects. I could leave them on and pretend I was brave and had crept close to a Salamander.