Monday, August 18, 2008

Neat Blue Wasp

I photographed this Blue Mud Dauber (Chalybion californicum) yesterday at Willowwood Arboretum. Apparently, they primarily prey on Black Widows. I didn't see any of those, fortunately.

9 comments:

Born Again Bird Watcher said...

Looks like he (or she) was giving you the eye while you were taking the photo. Very cool!

Patrick Belardo said...

For sure... it was very frenetic for sure, like the tarantula hawks I've seen in the southwest. The sort of move from spot to spot and flick their wings like crazy.

Lynne said...

Very cool! It looks like a Disney cartoon character.

Susan Gets Native said...

Niiiiice, Patrick.
I try to get pics of those little blue spazs, but I just can't!
They eat Black Widows????

OpposableChums said...

Incredible pic, Patrick! May I inquire as to the specs and makes of your equipment?

Mel said...

What an amazing picture!!
I never saw one of those, not even on pictures.

Patrick Belardo said...

Thanks Jason. This was taken with a Canon 30D and a 300mm telephoto lens. I had to stand pretty far back and the lens gives a pretty small depth of field. After the wedding, I'll be looking to get a macro lens.

OpposableChums said...

Wedding?

Tabib said...

Hi!
I found your blog while seaching for
the name of the bug that I shot a few days ago.
My be I got the same species.
Nice marco work with a tele lenses.