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European hornet - Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
Between the compound eyes, you can see three ocelli (simple eyes) - light-sensitive organs.

D200, Takumar 28/2.8 (reversed), Kenko extension tubes, SB-800 with home-made diffuser.
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FluffyBamboo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  New Deviant
Wait... In scince class, they have been lying??? No wonder why Im so bad at school XD
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Icarus-Fish Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist
That's a beautiful close-up! It makes me so happy to see you're doing vespids! If you're ever in Italy or in the United States, you should do some stuff with paper wasps, particularly P. dominulus and P. fuscatus, because of their clypeal variation - they look really neat!
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
I find Polistes wasps wery often here. We have these species in Poland:
Polistes associus Kohl 1898
Polistes atrimandibularis Zimmermann 1930
Polistes biglumis (Linnaeus 1758)
Polistes dominulus (Christ 1791)
Polistes gallicus (Linnaeus 1767)
Polistes nimphus (Christ 1791)
Polistes semenowi Morawitz 1889

P. dominulus and P. gallicus are most common.




Polistes sulcifer Zimmermann 1930
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Fenrirsha Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has fives eyes? Wow!
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yup. 2 large, compound eyes and 3 much smaller, simple eyes. I'd like to know how they see everything around :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artist
fantastic enlargement
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SZKYOL Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
how many tubes you use macro?
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SZKYOL Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
how many tubes you use macro?
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minimeany Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I featured this picture here:[link] :love:
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excavasio Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
All the beautiful creatures which display the manifestations of an eternal beauty and loveliness especially in the spring on the face of the earth, for instance the flowers, fruits, small birds and flies, and especially the gilded, sparkling flying insects - in their creation, forms, and members are such a miraculous skill and precision, such a wonderful art, mastery, and excellence, and all sorts of shapes and tiny machines which show their craftsman's wondrous proficiency, that they point decisively to a truly comprehensive knowledge, and -let there be no mistake in the expression- an extremely skilful, scientific innate knowledge, and testify that it is impossible that aimless chance and unconscious, confused causes could interfere. While the phrase "and careful decoration" means that those fine artefacts are adorned in a way so agreeable, are decorated in a way so sweet, display a beauty and art so attractive, that their maker could create these works only through an infinite knowledge. He knows the best manner of everything, and wishes to display to conscious beings the beauty of exquisite craftsmanship and the perfection of its beauty. For He creates and decorates the most insignificant flower and tiniest fly with the greatest care, skill, and art, giving them the greatest importance. This attentive adorning and beautifying self-evidently point to a boundless and all-encompassing knowledge, and testify to the number of those beauties to the necessary existence of an All-Knowing and Beauteous Maker .

The Rays | The Fifteenth Ray | Said Nursi

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otas32 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Featured HERE. Hope you don't mind.
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0lween Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Amazing macro! I never looked insects by this way...
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Uralowa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Student General Artist
This is stunning! I love the little dimples in its head.
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afterburn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
wow this explains a lot!
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Chopen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Hey there, this piece has been featured here :wave:
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: Hi!! This beautifully detailed piece has been featured in my macro Journal!! [link]
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Lissa68 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Good morning!

This gorgeous photo has been included in my "Best of February 2010" feature.

[link] Come check it out and see the other photos selected.
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erezmarom Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very high-quality shot!
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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cycoze Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb capture.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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amrodel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
That's so scary!!!
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

:heart:
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Epic!
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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blookz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
... wow ... :D ...
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AngiWallace Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Must be viewed in large to apreciate the detail, superb work.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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jedink Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Awesome detail, nice one.
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TricoloredInk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Ocelli! <3
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nakitez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Very good work inho. :)
Would you give me some information about how you made this fascinating light on the insect, flashes, diffusers etc.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks.

We used SB-800 and home made diffuser as a main source of light. To get more light in the shadows, we bounced it from the two sheets of white paper that were placed in fron of and from both sides of the hornet.
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nakitez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Thanks a lot for the detailed answer.
Wonderful configuration imho. :)
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dalantech Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent light and composition! 8-)
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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jasonjcane Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Awesome Photo!
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high-lactose Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
my phobia of wasps and bees makes me so fascinated by this kind of photography. it's a safe way to look at something that I can't get anywhere near in the real world.

how do you get these kinds of shots without getting stung? do you keep them somehow immobilized or separated from you? or is it just nerves of steel?

either way, an amazing photo.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)

This worker was alive and wasn't immobilized or separated from us. We found it in the early morning, when the temperature was low and insect was less mobile and aggressive. This is the best way to take pictures of this creatures without the need of hurting them.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love those simple eyes. It's like a meeting of 2 different stages of evolution on one insect....
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)

Exacly!
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lint Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
That's so cool!
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chillipope Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
incredible
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ancient-S Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
jak z jakiegoś futurystycznego horrory xD
powiększenie extra;)

i mam jeszcze pytanko jak zrobiłeś to zdjęcie , że ten owad tak chciał pozować? ;)
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wczesny ranek, lekki chłodek i owad zdecydowanie spokojniejszy. To chyba jedyna szansa, poza chłodzeniem w lodówce, na złapanie takiego drania bez jego zabijania.
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ancient-S Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
ile się trzeba natrudzić =]
ale efekt boski ^^
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gmazza Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
Great work with the high magnification, very well done.
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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monkeyzav Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Bugs always seem to take the pose especially for you ^^
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Dark-Raptor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)

When we tell them that they will be shown on deviantart.com, they always agreed to cooperate ;)
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InsaneGelfling Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, is this a crop or as shot? If it's not a crop, what mag is this??
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