Yellow Jackets

Last year, while we were on vacation, we stopped in Chicago to spend some time with my parents. One day we noticed some yellow jackets hard at work on a hive. They were nice and low, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to get the tripod and take a look at them up close.

So we grabbed the 5D, slapped on the macro lens, and went to work. I tried to keep my distance, standing back from the camera as much as I could. I didn’t get stung, but whenever I went up to adjust the camera they would get on edge. If you see shadows moving in the background, that might just be me running from a few that are buzzing me.

So here’s a couple minutes of up-close wasp footage set to some weird music that reminds me of the sound of buzzing pests. The video isn’t too exicting or action-packed, but it is pretty neat to watch them clean themselves. They have fascinating mouths. Their stingers are also pretty neat; they seem to pulsate. Enjoy.

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