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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Hummingbird & the Fig Wasp

One morning this Hummingbird perched next to me and I noticed something on it's beak. It flew away and came back a few times and the small blob remained. I thought it was dirt. When I imported the photos I had taken, I was amazed to see a fig wasp, very much alive, had hitched a ride on the hummingbird. In this shot, they are making eye contact.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
Copyright: © Eric J. Smith