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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insect larvae, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 9:51
Viewed: 6024
Points: 93
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my TN Friends!
Almost all day it is raining in Lodz and the grey clouds are really everywhere I can look, so today I decided to present you something more colourful and... waterproof!!! ;>

This is a larva (type:nymph) of Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a rather common bug species in Central and South Europe. It can be easy find on different herbaceous plants, sometimes as pest on peas and potatoes.

The larva is rather small (up to 7-8 mm) and has very characteristic colouration (please note white spots in the middle and red/pink on both sides of body). Adult is of course a little bigger - some 10-12 mm.

Nezara viridula is one of some 3000 members of family Pentatomidae and the only member of this genus known from Europe.

This picture was taken in Ropotamo Nature Reserve, an important Bulgarian wild sanctuary. In this place about 100 endangered species of plants and different animals (from insects to mammals) can be observed. The weather was almost the some like today in Lodz: it was raining and really cloudy...

As always thank you in advance for stopping and your time! :>

haraprasan, Jamesp, nglen, Patleboss, red45, marhowie, Juyona, jmirah, horia, PaulH, cataclysta, snowfalken, eqshannon, gracious, JORAPAVI, jeanpaul, Argus, uleko, cedryk, XOTAELE, ramthakur, Alex99, Royaldevon, jlynx, ridvan, thiv56, hester has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-02 10:01]

Hi Radomir

Superb light in this shot - you have captured the wet leaf and bug expertly. Lovely vivid colours and excellent focus.


Bonsoir Radomir,superbe punaise,j'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs,bravo.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-02 11:07]

Hi Radomir. This is n excellent close up shot of the colourful bug. you have captured it with sharp focusing and fine detail. rich colours. your shot shows the markings on the shell so well. with a nice POV on the green leaves. well done TFs.good notes too.

Hello Radomir, excellent macro shot of this wonderfull colored bug
perfect focus with ideal deeph of field, I like so much the vivid colors and the droplets
Good composition very well framed,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-02 12:33]

Hello Radomir,
an exceptional shot of this waterproof bug.
+++ Great detail and sharpness; I love the water droplets on its back. Nice colours and good lighting. Perfect composition.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-02 13:37]

Czesc Radek!

Piekne makro. Bardzo podoba mi sie 'mokry' klimat zdjecia z kropla wody na owadzie. Niesamowita faktura i kolory na grzbiecie - moznaby go wziac za jakiegos mieszkanca tropikow.

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful nymph of Nezara viridula. We also do have a same type here but not so colorful. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I will try to post the same next. Hope you will have some idea about it.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-03 1:14]

Radomir,Very nice composition and good shot. I like the way you have presnted the frame here. Nice shot. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-03 1:30]

Hi Radek

Another very nice and quality macro from you, my friend!
I understand why you were thinking about waterproof elements with the weather being like that :)) I for one was lucky to catch only sunny and warm days here since i came and because of that, i went yesterday for a little outing to test my new camera on "home groud" :)
Anyway, back to your shot, i really like the very sharp details here and the excellent textures visible on the back of this bug.
The colors are very good, too while the pattern created by them on its back looks very beautiful.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-03 3:20]

Hi Radomir,
wow...feels like i could reach out and touch this! Superb detail and composition, i like the way the leaves are positioned in the frame so that the eye is drawn to the main subject. Striking colour and lighting too, very well done my friend.

Czesc Radziu
Doskonala fotka. Chyba to dzien pluskwiaka. Wlasciwie wszystko mi sie podoba: ostrosc, kompozycja, kolory. Te mokre liscie wygladaja super
Dora robota ;_)

Hi Radomir,
WOW!! Excellent exposure with outstanding color, detail, DOF and POV. Very well captured.


Hello Radomir,

It's a pleasure to find this crystal clear picture of a colorful creature! I'm impressed by the outstanding image quality and overall sharpness of your photo.
The composition was well achieved, using guidelines to lead the eyes to the subject. Also, the most powerful points of the composition were well taken advantage of. I can't help stressing enough the overall contrast (including chromatic contrast between red and green).
The exposure was perfectly controlled to present us such a large amount of well preserved and good looking details. The rendition of the reflected light from both the leaves and larva body is next to perfect and enhances the great looking textures.
An excellent post my friend. Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hi Radomir,
Nice shot on this colorful larva. Perfect sharpness with color reproduction. Everything is so fresh after the rain. Congratulation to this fine image.

Great use of complimentary colors adds to the already finely focused subject as well as perch. One of the more pleasing pictures I have looked at today.

Hello Radomir,
So beautifully captured!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and very details on the bug!
so real and so clear!
very well done indeed

En effet, on voit l'eau perler sur le dos de cet insecte avec de magnifiques couleurs et détails.

Hola Radomir,
Es de los chinches que mas me gustan por sus bellos dibujos y colores, todavía no he tenido la suerte de encontrarlo :-( . La toma a pesar de las condiciones metereologicas, es excelente con gran nitidez, mostrando muy bien los detalles, bonita la luz y el color. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-04 1:08]

Hi Radomir,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry my friend, tied up with an important assignment.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-04 16:08]

Hola amigo,
los detallews y colores hermosos,
buen pov y efectos...
saludos Radomir.

Salut Radomir
Très belle photo en macro que ce bel insecte avec ses couleurs de camoufflages. Beau cadrage , belle composition et les couleurs sont magnifiques.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

Hi Radomir,
A great macro, I like your composition.
Excellent details, colors, DOF, and use of flash to expose/fill properly..
The wet look adds well also :)

Wonderful colour and sharp details from this POV makes this a pleasure to view
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-05 7:47]

Hello Radomir,
Fine capture of a Shieldbug nymph in the rain, the raindrops adding additional interest to the composition. The sharpness is excellent and the use of flash has not led to any disturbing glares.
Very nice macro!
TFS and have a nice weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-05 8:34]

Hello Radomir,
This is a brilliant capture of this little nymph - its pattern and colours are so beautiful. Excellent sharpness and I like the water droplets too. Very well composed with the dark foliage as a background.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Pluskwiak odjechany. Rozumiem, ze to wtedy, kiedy szukalem kielzy :-)
Jedyne czego jest troszke za duzo to odblaski od mokrych powierzchni. No ale to nie do unikniecia przy lampie. Ciekawe jak to zwierze wyglada, kiedy jest dorosle.

Hola Radomir.
Hermosos detalles y estupendo encuadre.
Genial presentación y nota muy interesante.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Adorable bug with beautiful colours on its outer wings, Radomir.
The fill flash has reflected here and thereon the leaves, but that does not in any way affect the appeal of the subject.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Radomir, wonderful bug with splendid colors, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Radomir
Très belle prise, magnifiques couleurs, excellente gestion de la lumière du flash, très belle punaise.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Radomir,

What a fascinating little creature, and you have taken a fine picture of him/her. Stunning macro shot, with lots of colour and detail.

Kind regarrds,


Hello Ramdomir,
This is an interesting insect that I have never seen before I think. The water makes the insect and vegetation brilliant and this is a nice effect. Color saturation and details are very good. Your notes are also informative. I wish my camera was waterproof as today it is grey and rainy and I would feel like doing pictures :( Thanks!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-09 0:39]

Hi Radomir.
Can be your shot better? I think, not. It is outstanding at every respect. Subject, colour patter, lighting, sharpness are the best as well as other components of photo art. My congratulations and BRAVO.

Hello Radomir,

Interesting notes!
I like your photograph which is beautifully composed, has great light and wondeful tones of green!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Autumn Colours'.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-10-10 2:34]

Fantastyczny kadr. Piêkna ostro¶æ jak i g³êbia ostro¶ci. Znakomite nasycenie kolorów i rewelacyjne ¶wiat³o.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-11 20:23]

Hello Radomir

Just marking the post for now


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-16 10:12]

hi; I was very bussy last time like you. so that is the reason why I did not write any comments last days
excellent macro shot and very good composition of this insect .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Voilà une belle larve des plus colorées. Bon contraste.
Bonne journée.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2007-10-23 12:14]

Wow!!! Really very beautiful shot, congratulations.!

Excelente encuadre. Frescos y nítidos colores con un estupendo enfoque. Muy buena luz.

Saludos Radomir.

Hello Radomir!

Nice photo, with strong light and dynamic framing! TFS.
But I don't like the reflections on insect's body.

bonjour radomir
le flash est un peu visible mais j'aime beaucoup l'ensemble,surtout les motifs autour du du corps de couleurs differentes du reste.
bonne netteté.

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful view of a nymph of this nasty species. We have here in Argentina, was unafortunately introduced. The level of details and sharpness is excellent and colours nicely strong, I never see one with such intense red colors.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-31 10:45]

Hi Radomir

I love that big raindrop. Wonderful clear, sharp details and lovely colours. Perfect DOF and very nicely framed. I admire your dedication being out in the rain



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  • jone Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 1] (26)
  • [2007-10-31 23:59]

Good morning Radomir ;)
great macro, colors and details...TFS
Greetings from Macedonia,
J ;)

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-11 2:53]

Hi Radomir,
Very nice photo!
Good colors, sharpness and composition!

nice capture of this very colorful and unique looking larva, its my first time to see one, tfs

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