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|Corizus hyoscyami is a very weird bug indeed. It is extremely similar to the Firebug and is often mistaken for one. The two species however are not closely related at all. Corizus hyoscyami belongs to a very small bug family called the Rhopalids (Rhopalidae). The members of this family all have a small glass like transparent section in the shieldy parts of their wings. These transparant sections are called windows. In Corizus hyoscyami however the windows are black and not transparent. The differences with the similar Firebug are easy to see. The markings on the Firebug are different, the snout is entirely black and it can't fly. The Firebug and a few of its relatives are not the only look-alikes. There are also a number of similar Seed Bugs. Many of these have a white dot on the membranous parts of the wings. Anyway, alwys pay close attention to shape and number of markings when identifying red and black bugs. You could also use your nose, for Corizus hyoscyami smells like cinnamon, that is why it is called the Cinnamon Bug in Dutch. The animal reaches a length of some 9 to 12 mm.|
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This is a superb macro! The insect is very sharp with superb composition. Texture of the flower makes a fine environment/background. I like this low POV and proximity that makes us feel like being part of the insect's world! I think that this picture deserves more attention that it had so far :)
- [2008-10-23 2:38]
The composition of this picture is excellent, the focus right on the Corizus beetle. The unity of colour-tones makes this shot very artistical. A picture which pleases more and more if we look longer to it.
- [2008-10-28 14:54]
Outstanding macro image with beautiful colors and razor sharp focus. Thank you for sharing this splendid image Nikos.
beautiful picture with great sharpness
great composition with beautiful colours
ps. i love the Patras wine very much