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Jewel bugs

Jewel bugs
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jewel Bug of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 23:35
Viewed: 4099
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Jewel Bugs (Scutiphora pedicellata)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Scutelleridae

Scutelleridae are otherwise known as shield-backed bugs, a reference to the fact that their shield is continuous, not divided. Because bugs in this family are usually brightly colored, they are also known as Jewel bugs. These insects feed on plant juices, and are closely related to stink bugs.

This bugs are in the Shield-backed bug family. Shield-backed bugs are plant suckers. They can be distinguished from other shield bugs by their scutellum completely covered the whole abdomen and wings. This is why sometimes they are miss-recognized as beetle. They are easily distinguished from beetles by having sucking mouthparts and the shield on the back is continuous, not the divided wings cover with separation at the middle.

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Beautiful colours captured, a tad out of focus, but worth the post for the subject content to me, tfs

Hi haraprasan,
what a vibrant colours of tiny bugs!
good composed shot,well done

Hello Haraprasan,
two is a pair with wonderful colour and details
very well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-17 1:49]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very attractive capture of two Jewell Bugs with fine colours and the composition is appealing with the curved edge of the leaf that they are on. Little soft but other merits of this shot make up for it.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-17 1:54]

Hello Haraprasan,
These little luminous bugs are quite amazing, I've seen them before on TN. I like your capture of them confronting each other and sharpness and colours are excellent. Very well composed too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Haraprasan

Beautiful colors! Well seen as well. Perhaps the focus is a little off or maybe there is a little bit of shake (?), but the colours make up for that!


These are the most amazing little bugs - - - such shine! Beautiful!!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-17 7:10]

Hi Haraprasan.
Beautiful close-up with this two attractive coloured bugs.Good composition and I like your POV and pose both on edge of leaf.Colors are really wonderful.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-17 7:58]

Hi Haraprasan,

I have never seen these before! They really do look like little jewels with those bright colors. Nice to see the pair posing so nicely on the leaf.


Dear Haraprasan, very nice composition, nice glittering colours and good position. TFS. with best regards.vab.

Hello Haraprasan,
What a very beautiful colorful pair of bugs you've captured.
Wonderful glow, and details.
Great macro shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Somptuous dresses, and a nice composition,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-18 3:36]

Haraprasan, Lovely color and what a catch. You have shot "TWO in ONE" Ganesh

hi haraprasan,
lovely capture of the jewel bugs, the metalic shine looks beautiful, nice point of view, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Haraprasan, splendid couple with wonderful metallic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Spectacular pair of colourful bugs, HP.
Very impressive capture.
Well done and TFS.

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