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shield bug - ID not sure

shield bug - ID not sure
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-12 15:31
Viewed: 4681
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a rather mild and relatively dry winter, I was expecting an explosion of insect life in Spring, offering many macro opportunities to keep me busy. I couldn't have been more wrong!!! Insects this year have not been so prolific, with some usually very common species not being seen at all!
As compensation, I have encountered some insects I had not photographed before. One such is this shield bug I have not been able to identify.
I tentatively tried comparisions but came up with very similar bugs: Carpocoris Fuscispinus, Deliycoris Baccarum, Caprocoris mediterraneus and cadophila varia.
Which to apply I really don't know....maybe some helpful soul could help please?
Shot was take using a macro flash I was lucky to unearth from old stock and with the Raynox up front. Narrowest aperture setting on the Lumix and my monopod for support. The bug wouldn't oblige, continuously hiding one of its antennae until I lost patience and took the shot as shown.
Hope you like it - thanks for watching

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-12 15:55]

Hello Mark,
a really nicce introductory picture of the bug species. Colours and structures are clearly presented. I'm not quite sure, but my suggestion is
- Carpocoris purpureipennis
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Vic (186)
  • [2007-05-12 16:44]


Terrific image of this bug. Contrast and the colors are so natural. These creaatures are amazing! Very good pic and thaks for share.

Hi Mark,
This is a magnificent macro!
I like so much all the clear and sharp details got on the insect.
The textures are simply amazing! as well the the redish and brown colours.
The bright yellow really stands out and creates an intense contrast with the dark background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Belle vue de cette charmante punaise qui fait la joie du photographe.
Bonne journée.

Excelente enfoque y precioso contraste. Saludos.

bonjour mark
cet insecte est souvent repoussé mais vous en avez tiré un belle photo,nette et detaillée.
le jaune devant l'insecte perturbe un peu a mon gout mais dans l'ensemble c'est beau.

Never mind one semi-hidden antenna, Mark. The image of this bug is just wonderful in its totality.
The details and colours on the insect are brilliant.
The BG composed of the petals of a yellow flower and the olive green dark space between them looks almost abstract and serves well to highlight the subject.
Thanks and best regards.

Hello Mark,
Love the details and texture on this shield bug. Colors are vivid. Beautiuflly composed picture.

Hola Mark,
Preciosa imagen de bellos colores y gran nitidez con mucho detalle. Saludos
José Ramón

Wonderful contrast and brilliant vivid color.
Interesting bug. Looks like some we have in this neck of the woods but ours are gray (stink bugs - not a very romantic name, huh?)

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