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Scantius aegyptius

Scantius aegyptius
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus FE170
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-10-24 21:39
Viewed: 1208
Points: 4
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Scantius aegyptius
Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae

Scantius aegyptius is a common bright red bug of cretan fauna, mostly seed feeding bug belonging to the family Pyrrhocoridae. Adults are typically 7 to 9 mm in length and display aposematic warning coloration of contrasting red and black. The head, antennae and legs are black. The forewings (hemelytra) which cover the back of the insect are conspicuously marked with two round black spots against a bright orange-red background color. The thoracic sternites are red-orange and the abdominal sternites are bright orange-red with various black markings laterally. Nymphs can be entirely red, with increasing dark maculation developing with each molt.

The literature contains very little information regarding the biology of S. aegyptius and Scantius species in general are not considered to be economically important species. It is usually feed on weeds of several weeds as Malva sp etc and fallen seeds.

As the weeds and sedds becoming rare the adults migrate from drying annual weeds into adjacent developed areas or on tree trunks. I have often seen them on olive trunks as an extensive red spot. These migrations consisting of thousands of individuals can be very conspicuous and lead to large aggregations on small patches of host plants causing concern to local residents who notice these obvious aggregations.

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To Hormon_Manyer: Thanks for comments and suggestionsNikosR 1 10-27 00:57
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Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely bug, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Nikos,
The cyan filter's very strong on the image, the photo itself seems noisy and a bit oversharpened, while the insect is too closed to the edge of the frame, part of the antennae are even cropped. The horizontal composition wasn't a good choice either, in my opinion a vertical one should fit to the scene much more. It's a 7-year-old photo and I'm more than sure you're capable of shooting much better images now. Looking forward to see them.
Best regards, László

Nikos, the defects pointed out by one of our very capable friends are relevant. Of course, the insect looks nice in that much of a close-up, but then we tend to be fussy about other things too.
I will personally give you full marks for digging up an old image from your archive and share it with us despite apparent shortcomings.

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