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Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony A700, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 21:03
Viewed: 6012
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Assassin Bug is common name for members of the family Reduviidae, one of the largest and most varied groups belonging to the order Hemiptera (suborder Heteroptera). Assassin bugs are generally brownish to black, but some with orange color; medium-sized to large insects, with heads that are elongate and narrow compared to the thorax. The raptorial front legs are used for grasping prey. Most assassin bugs are found on foliage.

The majority of species are predaceous on other insects, but a few are bloodsucking and will bite humans if carelessly handled. The bite of some species is painless, while the bite of others is extremely painful, resulting from a venom produced by the bug,

These bugs get their name from their hunting style. You see they tend to remain concealed and still until they ambush any unfortunate prey going for a nice stroll. In one quick and accurate strike they will inject a deadly poison into their prey. This is the gross part folks! This poison will cause the tissues to break down so the assassin bug can simply suck up their food.

Assassin bugs are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Hemiptera, family Reduviidae.

This one, I believe belong to genus of Apiomerus but not sure about its species.

Argus, Miss_Piggy, livius, Adanac, siggi, smitha, marius-secan, anel has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-07 21:30]

Hello Ben,
Great to have you as a neighbour!
This is a fine macro of an Assasin Bug. The composition, sharpness, DOF show the bug superbly well against a nice neutral BG in a fine composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-07 22:56]

Hello Benyamin
First class image quality. Vivid colors, perfect focus and great details, also wonderful composition
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Benyamin
Thanks for sharing this very close approach of this Assassin Bug which shows clear detail of the lovely markings and the rich colours of the shield. What caught my eye here is the detail of the 2 shaded paws and the large eyes that is clearly seen. A beautiful macro with bright colours that catches the eye. Best regards.

An impressive bright close up, Ben with powerful fresh colors and impeccable clarity. Certainly a great dept of field as well!
Bravo Ben!
George Veltchev

Hello Benyamin
superb capture of this Reduviidae taken from an interesting POV, fine details and beautiful natural colours: everything very well composed.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-08 8:54]

Hello Benjamin,
Surprising bug you got here in very beautiful colours. Great sharpness and details. Excellent POV, OOF BG, DOG and a nice composition.

Hello Benyamin,
Top quality image taken with vivid colors, fine details and beautiful green BG. Well done!

Hola Benyamin, no se como lo haces pero tus tomas rebosan nitidez y realismo... a ver si tendrías que darnos un curso de fotografía a alguno de nosotros :-)
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Benyamin,
Stunning Macro, with a perfect color and a very eloquent POV. Good job with the BG! ... Gongratulations, is a work visually appealing! TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-08 19:11]

Hello Ben,
Your images make me feel as though I could reach out and touch the creature. That is incredible work Ben, thank you.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-09 1:07]

Hello Benyamin,
This is really a good fine macro of a bug!
the exposure and focus is spot on in total sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Benyamin, fantastic macro of beautiful assassin bug with amazing details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-06-09 10:38]

hello Ben,
Marvelous macro of the assassin bug. Lovely composition, impeccable sharpness, vibrant colours and a fine POV.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Benyamin,
Very good focus and excellent colours. Very fine details.
Superb capture and composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-10 4:08]

Hello Benjamin,
What a perfect sharpness!! Most beautiful picture of the Assassin bug, an Heteroptera we have also in Europe. The colors of your picture are so pleasantly vivid and the composition well chosen. A perfect nature-shot, indeed.
Kind regards

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