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Thanks. FYI, the photographer featured in the article is a friend of mine. Here is a link to his original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rundstedt/3... We spotted the same wasp in NAPWC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninoy_Aquin...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXUKGW5UP...
Yes, it is a wasp. The only article I could found about them was this:http://www.afternoondc.in/spectrum/the-x...It would be really cool if someone could give an ID, this wasp is way too cool!
I found some full body shots here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/noelmyoung/...http://www.flickr.com/photos/noelmyoung/...http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/3933...http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3880...Do you still think it is a beetle?
The eyes look like many of the Paper Wasps family.I first thought it might be a Polistes, but they'r enot a common species of the Phillipines.Some hornets also have the same "eye-shield".
I question that it is a wasp, more likely a beetle.
A hell of a picture - awesome!
Spotted on Mar 3, 2011 Submitted on Oct 10, 2011
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