Hmm! The first thing that grabs me with this is the eye! It's rather an unusual and unexpected shape, and certainly a great place to focus on as the focal point. I think feel a great attraction to the piece for it's lovely colour scheme, the yellows pop out against the vibrant yet cool blues and greens.
The DOF is used to wonderful effect here, and there's not even any bokeh or complex shadows that could dare to take the focus away from the complex and fascinating subject. All that we have to steal it is the flowers and they provide a nice light contrast to the dark markings on it's body.
The angle of the wing and head make for a dynamic piece, there's movement here in that we can follow that line of the wing through to a new area of the picture. But also, we have those flowers that link the bottom to the center as well. Within the square frame, it's nicely set out and space is well used.
It's very delightful that we can see that rich purple within the eye and even thought the focus is lost outside the head, we can still make out the shape of the abdomen.
My only lingering thoughts on this may be to smooth the background a little more with photoshop's surface blur filter set on low and layer masked of course, but this is again something I understand some artists aim not to have to do. It's just something I would consider, is touching some aspects up with photoshop. But it's certainly beautiful without it.
An interesting thing to consider if you were to edit, would be to remove the flowers in the bottom left corner, since this would create a pedestal for the insect that comes straight from the bottom of the picture, which might be an even more interesting effect.
I love the detail in this photo. It must have been so hard to catch without any movement, I know it's a pain! I've tried loads of times, but I can never get a picture that turns out as well as this one. Everytime I look at this picture, I'm drawn to the detail around the head; the small hairs, and the light patter on the wasp's eye. Even the pollen is in focus. I think you've captured this shot very well, I'm almost wondering what the wasp is thinking. The background contrasts well with the colours of the wasp in the foreground, almost making it stand out more than it would have done originally. Overall, a very simple and clear picture, but it works very well. Congrats!
holy moley, you are so fucking talented, Anna. so whimslical and graceful. your macro photography reminds me why i am never trying to kill any bugs i see in the house. they are graceful, odd, and curious creatures filled with brilliant energy.