People ask me all the time about how aggressive crocs are, how aggressive sharks are, how aggressive this kind of snake is. Sure, these animals can be dangerous in certain situations, but NONE of them fit the word aggressive in my mind. To me aggressive means an unprovoked attack with the only motivation being to cause injury(not defense or predatory motivation). Any croc/snake/shark bite is completely dependent on the situation and how the person acted, and the animal will have a clear motivation. I really hate the term aggressive, typically the only aggressive animal I can think of is man.
But then there are these A-holes in the picture, nocturnal wasps. I photographed this nest in Peru and these things are gnarly, you can see the one flying at me out of focus in the photo(which is defense, but just wait). Being nocturnal, they’re active at night and are attracted to lights. Now in the US I love bees and wasps and will let them land on me and crawl around and hold them, I have NEVER had one sting me without motivation. These nocturnal wasps on the other hand come flying in out of nowhere from the black void of darkness that is the Amazon night and sting the ever-loving-bejesus out of you! I was nowhere near a nest, not bothering the wasp in any way, and have had multiples come in and deliver a very painful sting wherever they make contact. I was on a boat at night in the river, nowhere near a nest or food source or anything, and had one nail me. They’re attracted to the light, but what was the motivation to sting? Demon spawn, it’s the only reasonable explanation. They’re also very painful, decent sized, and since it’s at night you don’t have a chance of seeing them coming! So maybe these things fit the bill for aggressive! Photographed with a Sony A7riii with a Metabones mark V adapter and Canon 100mm macro lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com
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