This streaming video is a fascinating close-up interaction with a wasp by the photographer, who goes by the name Lucasberg. To get these amazing shots, he used a 180mm SLR macro lens. The photographer says the video is a little shakey because he was balancing on the handrail of his porch and could only use 1 tripod leg while filming. [1:06].
Does anybody know why there are spots in the wasp's eyes? Are there some specialized ommatidia there? Some sort of regional difference in photoreceptors?
I love vespids! This one's a beauty.
Reminds me of the time my husband was stared down by a bevy of Polistes dominulus workers after he beat a rug against a clothesline pole that turned out to be their clothesline pole. He said it was the first time he'd ever been aware that insects were watching him. (And, no, they didn't sting him.)