Parasitic wasp (Ophion obscuratus)

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Parasitic wasp (Ophion obscuratus)

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It is now about one year ago that I saw by chance stacked macro photographs. I was intrigued and decided to learn this technique.
I had to acquire the needful equipment and I’ve read a lot interesting facts in this forum (Thanks to all!). There were “a few” setbacks but finally I am satisfied with some of my results.

Enclosed is a current series of a parasitic wasp. Ophion obscuratus is a nocturnal ichneumon wasp of about 2 cm length. This wasp is a parasitoid of noctuid moth larvae: The adult wasp finds the host larvae at night (therefore they have very large ocelli), the host is temporarily paralysed and a single egg laid in the body.

All photos were taken with Canon EOS 5D, Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 10x on bellows, ISO 50, flash, paper cylinder diffuser, stacked with Zerene, mostly mix of PMax and DMap method.


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This photo was taken only one day later. It is apparent that the structure of the compound eyes dissolves rapidly:

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The sting will be used both as ovipositor and for purposes of defense:

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Large versions on my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63933727@N06/


Big Thanks to Craig Gerard who provided me a tube lens!

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Post by seta666 »

Very beautifull set; love the last one.
What tube lens; morfanon?
Regards
Javier

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Post by lauriek »

Very nicely done! Looks like the eyes have started to go off a bit in the third shot though...

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Post by Matthias »

Thanks!

@ Laurie: ... yes, as I said :wink:
@ Javier: ... Morfanon, indeed

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Post by rjlittlefield »

Matthias wrote:I am satisfied with some of my results.
I should think so! These are beautiful!

--Rik

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Post by RogelioMoreno »

Beautiful set!

Rogelio

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Post by Harold Gough »

The first is my favourite but I love the OOF halo effect in the second.

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Post by seed »

I would perfectly happy putting #2 on my wall. Excellent work on the color.

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Post by Martin G. »

gorgeous series!

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Post by Matthias »

Thank you guys!

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Post by Tesselator »

Wow! Danm! So beautiful!

What an awesome lighting setup you must use!?!?! Is there a link to it in the Set-up thread?

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Post by Matthias »

Tesselator wrote: What an awesome lighting setup you must use!?!?! Is there a link to it in the Set-up thread?
I use a fairly ordinary vertical setup. The lighting consists of 2 flashlights. In this case I used a paper cylinder as diffuser ... nothing special.

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Post by madmacro »

Every pic is a masterpiece it's self, brilliant color and detail,
appreciate your sharing.

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Post by Cyclops »

These are superb shots! Braver than me to attempt stacking! I wouldnt have the patience!
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Post by abpho »

WOW! You are going to give sebastian a hard time to secure that front page spot.

I think Morfanon is my new drug word.

Morfanon.
Morfanon.
Morfanon...

Those are awesome stacks. Very well done.

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