Robert K. Baggs

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Taming Wasps

Published June 14th, 2012

Like any good wildlife and macro photographer, my eyes are always well and truly attuned to even the slightest of movements; oddities in colours on plants noticed from the corner of your eye - that sort of thing. Putting to one side for a second that my eyes look like that of a meth amphetamine addict, its uses are unparalleled for spotting even minute insects. Well, this wasn't one of those times. I stepped in to my garden on a warm and hazy Spring morning in Hertfordshire, which is rare enough to nearly warrant a story on its own merit. Perched on my Eucalyptus plant was the Peter Crouch of wasps (large) and seemed to be dopey and more concerning - agitated. Usually when they are in this state, they will sting anything that approaches them so you should cross the street, not make eye contact and pretend to be on the phone. However, I'd recently read an article that set me in a new direction. Despite being stung 4 or 5 times in under 3 months worth of macro photography, I decided to ...

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