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Dimensions2400 x 3000
Original file size2.13 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken1-Aug-21 17:17
Date modified25-Dec-22 23:08
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D850
Focal length200 mm
Focal length (35mm)200 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.8
Exposure1/250 at f/9
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern

The Brown-legged Wasp, less commonly known as the Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp (Isodontia auripes), joins the nectaring festivities on flowers of Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum). There was so much insect activity on these sumac blossoms it was difficult to pick a subject and stay focused on it.

Winged-sumac forms large flower heads with innumerable small yellow-green flowers. The blossoms are tall and wide, full of nooks and hiding places for bees, wasps, beetles to take a nap (as I found one bumblebee doing) or feast for hours.

If you are looking for a sun-loving shrub with four seasons of interest that supports pollinators - this is it.

Location: Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Va.