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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Diamondback Wasp Attack! Escape!

This photograph is the last of six that I shot in a burst when I came across the swallowtail butterfly. I did not know the drama I had captured until I reviewed my photo shoot later that day. The butterfly was feeding on bergamot when it was attacked by a diamondback wasp. The wasp is predatory and the swallowtail would be a significant prize. I hope the photograph shows the beginning of a successful escape.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2017
Photo Location: Columbia, Maryland, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Michael Osborne