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Who needs a straw?

Who needs a straw?
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 8:18
Viewed: 3984
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
NOTE: There is a WORKSHOP with a wider view of the plant, please if anyboby knows the ident, please tell me.

The insects are Nymphs of Palomena prasina, and as you see they are very practical obtaining food from this nice plant. The little fruits look like mini apples :)

You can see the different development stages of this common bug HERE.

This common bug has a flattened, shield-shaped body, as the name suggests. It is bright green in colour with delicate flecks of black that look like small puncture marks. In November, the insects darken in colour and spend the winter hibernating with a dark-bronze colouration. Although the sexes are similar in appearance, females tend to be larger than males. Like all bugs (Hemiptera), the green shield bug has specialised sucking mouthparts, which in this species are used to feed on plant sap. This species belongs to a sub-order known as the ‘true bugs’ (Heteroptera) in which only the tips of the wings are membranous; the rest of the wing is hardened. When the bug is at rest, the wings are held flat over the body and the membranous parts of the wings overlap.

Found in a wide range of habitats but becomes confined to woodlands in northern parts of its range. Its hosts include bushes and shrubs, but hazel is one of its preferred species.

Adult green shield bugs emerge from hibernation in May and mate in June. As with most bugs, individuals mate ‘back to back’. The eggs are laid in hexagonal batches of around 28, and a single female will lay a number of batches so that the total number she lays will be around 100. All bugs have a type of insect development known as ‘hemimetabolous development’ in which there is no larval stage but a number of wingless nymphs instead which resemble the adult form. This species passes through five nymphal stages, moulting between each one. Each stage has a different colouration, and the final stage has short wings. The adult stage is reached in September, and they go into hibernation in November.

I found this info HERE.

ISO100 - F:16 - 1/160 sec. - Manual exposure - Flash - Handheld

SunToucher, haraprasan, jcoowanitwong, JoseMiguel, parthasarathi, nglen, uleko, gannu, carmia, Pentaxfriend, Proframe, LordPotty, pablominto, jmp has marked this note useful
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Hi Felipe,
Sorry, can't help you on the ID of the plant. I do find the WS photo very informative. It gives a great idea on how magnified the insect is actually captured.
The fact that you captured it while eating/drinking is wonderful. The perfect DOF and the razor sharp details are excellent. The two red eyes really capture all the attention.

Hi Felipe,
An excellent composition of this shield bug dinning. Very nice colors and details. I like the POV very much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour felipe
c'est la premiere fois que je vois une punaise en train de sucer,le pov est tres bien choisit.
la dof est egalement bonne tout comme les couleurs.

Hi Felipe,
Great macro picture. Perfect focus and exposure. Great color clarity. Very well done and well seen. TFS this fine image and informative note.

Pues ciertamente, yo de ese tipo no necesito! :-)
Excelente imagen, con los insectos tomando la fruta por asalto.
Me gusta mucho el primer plano del insecto, con excelente foco y nitidez, mientras que el de atrás refuerza la sensación de invasión, con un excelente uso de la profundidad de campo.
Es muy buena la composición, tanto en formas como en los colores de la foto.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

Nice macro job and a good note.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-27 9:37]

Hi Felipe. A very good macro shot. showing the Bug of to its best. fine detail and colours.with sharp focusing.You are a master of close up photography. very well done TFS. very good notes too

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-27 10:04]

Hi Fellipe and Cristina,
What a splendid capture of these bugs on this fruit (I don't know what it is!). Excellent sharpness, fine colours and I love the composition. Well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-27 10:24]

Felipe What a shot and what a way to put a caption The composition is perfect and brilliant. Ganesh

  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-07-27 10:52]

Hola Felipe! precioso macro, gran nitidez y bellos colores. Excelente trabajo. Un saludo. Carme.

Hi Felipe,

Excellent shot
Sharpness and details are outstanding
POV and DOF are great
colours are beautiful

TFS Thijs

Hehehehehe......Wonderful title Guys.
Beautiful details and color contrast.
Sharpness, lighting, POV and note are great.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Felipe,
The plant has me stumped I'm afraid. I dont recognise it at all.
Nice capture of the bugses though.
Well done.

Hello Felipe,
Interesting action is captured here!
Superb details in the insect, I can almost see how much he enjoys the fruit juice!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-29 6:48]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Una foto extremadamente cuidada, como es usual viniendo de vosotros: composición equilibrada, exposición exacta, bellos colores, punto de vista perfecto... ¡Creativa y atractiva!
Abrazos, José M.

Hola Cristina, Felipe,
Excellente macro! Alucinante detalle! Tomo nota de vuestro macro 60mmm. Contentos con el?
Saludos, Marta

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