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Jewel Bugs Mating

Jewel Bugs Mating
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Copyright: Sudhakar Y G (sudhakar_yg) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 41] (217)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Passion Unlimited, Jewel Bug of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 2:42
Viewed: 3562
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These bugs are also known as 'Metallic Shield Bugs' (Scutiphora pedicellata), I had shot these ones at one of my weekend visit to Omkaar Hills.

Metallic Shield Bugs can be found on leaf letter or under bark. They feed on vegetable, garden plants, trees and fruits. The bugs are metallic green in colour with orange and black patterns on the top. Underside of their body is bright red and black.This bug are in the Shield-backed bug family.

Shield-backed bugs are plant suckers. They can be distinguished from other shield bugs by their scutellum completely covered the whole abdomen and wings. This is why sometimes they are miss-recognized as beetle. They are easily distinguished from beetles by having sucking mouthparts and the shield on the back is continuous, not the divided wings cover with separation at the middle.


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Very nice photograph, very nice composition. DOF and the colours are brilliant.

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