They might be one of the most hated insects in the world but as these extraordinary images show, even wasps can look good – if you capture them with the right lighting.
These remarkable pictures show the insects in a completely different way, revealing a more tranquil and beautiful side to the humble wasp.
Photographer, Irina Kozorog, enticed the insects using sweet foods such as raspberries after setting up her macro photography equipment in her garden.Another creature, caught in a split-second, heads for a drink from a suspended drop of water
The 35-year-old from Moscow, who was stung three times in the process, waited patiently for the wasps to succumb to her tasty treats before snapping away.
Strangely, the mother-of-two admitted she didn’t even like wasps before taking these pictures.
She said: “I usually prefer to photograph ants but this year I decided to try and make friends with the wasps too.
“The wasps are actually much smarter than I thought they were.
“I had to wait up to half-an-hour each time for one to come over but it was well worth the wait.’
“As with all other animals, wasps like you to talk to them. They like a calm voice and don’t like quick movements.
“Their behavior seemed to depend on the weather. The better the weather, the friendlier the wasps were.
“While I was taking these pictures I was stung three times but it was always my fault. They would never sting without a reason.
“I just kept in mind that I was on their territory and I was a guest there.”