Photographer's Note

rhyssa-persuasoria better known as one of the ichneumon parasitic wasps. this ones a realy specialist though. the 40mm sting like ovipositor is used to drill though solid wood.She walks around tapping on the surface of a tree trunk till she hears the echo of the tunnel left by the grubs of the wood wasp at this point she up end her tail end and removes the cover of the leathal drill and by rapidly rotating the drill like a wood auger down to the tunnel. she then deposits an egg next to the grub, which when it hatches eats the wood wasp grub alive from the out side, some ichneumons lay their eggs inside their host and work outwards.
This picture has been rotated though 180 deg. as it was on the inside of the roof of one of the nusery tunnels and was hanging down. though taken on a fairly sunny day this beastie was very twitchy / nervious so at normal speeds it was coming out blurred in parts. so I opted for mannual mode and f8.0 @1000sec which seems to work with the sony in daylight.
Post adjustments brightness -4 contrast +4
saturation +10 lightness -4
sharpen edges and fade to 55%
cropped to remove the large dark areas left by the flash and save to web

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Additional Photos by Robert Brown (RobBrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 57 N: 304] (1797)
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