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Clown Bug

Clown Bug
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Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-14 2:34
Viewed: 3501
Points: 24
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Hi there

Hope you are all having a great weekend. Today I stayed close to home as it was a bit cold and windy and being a Brisvegas girl, I really am a sook when it comes to our winter.

I found a few bugs in the bushland near my home. I believe this to be a Clown Bug but if I am wrong, someone please correct me. I was only able to get side-on to this fellow as trees and bushes prevented me from shooting to show off the patterns on his back....looks like another trip!

Clown Bugs are 22mm long and are dark reddish-brown to greyish-brown. There are several similar local species; all have striking nymphs coloured in red, blue and yellow.

Clown Bugs live in open forest and woodland Australia-wide. They also live in New Guinea and the Philipines.

All species suck the sap of eucalypt trees. Nymphs often occur in clusters on young shoots projecting from the top of small plants. When disturbed, adults and nymphs produce a smelly, defensive fluid.

After reading that last comment, I am glad I didn't get too close to thise guy - focal length 150mm.

The image was shot in RAW, converted to JPEG, cropped and sharpened for posting.

xTauruSx, Jamesp, Art_R, boreocypriensis, marhowie, rcrick, LordPotty, JPlumb has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To pablominto: Clown BugSueThomson 1 06-19 13:38
To LordPotty: Brisbane...cold!SueThomson 5 06-16 23:50
To heimann2: ThanksSueThomson 1 06-16 22:33
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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-14 2:37]

hi SUE,
splendid macro shot with intense colors. I like management composition, dof and pov.
well done


Hi Sue wonderful macro capture of this bug with excellent details. TFS. Regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-14 3:25]

Hi Sue

Excellent POV with wonderful lighting. Your choice of DOF works very well on this bug.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-14 4:40]

Hi Sue , great macro , with lovely colors ,details , composition , and point of view. it is very interesting to see such critters from your side of the world , thanks for sharing it.

Hi Sue,

Excellent macro capture of this clowb bug with superb details, nice DOF and POV. TFS. Cheers,


Hi Sue, Great image! Love the POV and comp here. Sharp details with nice color & light..
There are many common names for the Clown Bugs. They are also known as Coreid Bugs, Gum Tree Bugs, Sap Sucking Bugs or Squash Bugs. The adults are reddish brown in colour, with strong and spiny hind legs. There are many veins on their forewings, with orange yellow on the wing covers and a sharp angle on each shoulder. Their antennae are four segmented. Their abdomen are long and thin with greenish-yellow to brown colour on the bottom, bright orange black banded on the top, covered by wing-covers. They are slow moving. When disturbed, they move to other side of the leaf. The bug may eject smelly liquid as defence.
Well done & TFS!

Hi Sue,

This has to be one of your best yet, excellent detail, wonderful colours, beautiful lighting, stands out well against the OOF background, and the framing is perfect, really well done, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Sue, splendid bug with great colors, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ha ... windy I believe,but cold ... in Brisbane? How many degrees below zero was it ?

This is much clearer than your Harlequin bug Sue.
It may not be as pretty a species,but you've captured it very well.The focus on the eye is perfect.
This is one bug we don't have here in NZ,fortunately.
Great post.

Hey Sue,
good macro of this insect. Do they also have a nasty smell when they are stressed?

Hi Sue, I'm liking what I see from this new lens of yours. This is a very good macro, with excellent positioning on your part and great depth of field. Detail and colour on the bug are great and I especially like how you've pulled out that sharp detail of the bark on the tree. Very nice work.

Thanks, John

Hello Sue,

The fine light really makes this fellow stand out!
A fine point of view and I admire the excellent details, the well composed presentation and natural colours...

Pablo -

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