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Hawthorn Shield Bug

Hawthorn Shield Bug
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM, Digital ISO-200, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 3:24
Viewed: 3328
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little Hawthorn Shield bug is on a big of dog-chewed wood and the BG is another lump of wood!
You can see its super-long proboscis, which is used for either for sucking up plant juices or animal juices :-$

I hope you like it!

Latin name: Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

Size: Grows up to 17mms long.

Distribution: Common in southern England, but rarer further north.

Months seen: April to October.

Habitat: Commonly seen in hawthorn trees and hedgerows.

Food: The nymphs feed on hawthorn leaves. The adults feed on the leaves and fruit of the hawthorn.

Special features: If you pick one up you'll discover why they are sometimes called "stink bugs". They can release a strong smelling fluid which can stain your hands. This is designed to repel birds and other predators from eating them.

The body colours are a perfect match for those of the hawthorn, and they are very well camouflaged in the foliage.


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Hi Joe, my today neighbour, splendid macro with lovely bug, wonderful colors, great details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

A perfect and unique view of a stinkbug Joe, that long proboscis is indeed very much in evidence, the focus sharp and the colors natural my friend. They can be a nuisance if you like eating mulberries from the branches of mulberry trees, for if a stinkbug was there before you, you will discover their past presence the moment you mouth the berries, but (unfortunately) not before!

Hi Joe,

wowww... This wonderful little Hawthorn Shield bug is not seem friend! Stunning capture indeed. Excellent photography as usual. Colours, details, lighting etc. splendid my friend!
TFS and Regards,


Hi Joe,
This is a wonderful macro picture. Sharp focus with detail and texture are clearly seen. Lovely saturated color. Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-01 5:57]

Hi Joe,
Great macro of this green bug from a fine POV. Excellent sharp details of its structure and patterns. Fine natural colours too and a nice contrasting background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-01 7:05]

Hola Joe.
Excellent work here. high quality lavel Macro shot. I like the colors and pose too.
Great note.

There should be a sign somewhere which reads...it it's a shield bug then spring is surely coming from Joey! I like it much Joey. Very close, sharp and well coloured...I now see thanks to Warnzy's Digi mag from the UK, how serious some folks take their photography over there...You folks are dead serious...Even my US professional journals are not as good as some of thee UK folk. Wonderful example here!

Hi Joe
Firs of all very nice unusual POV Good sharpness nice OOF background and nice saturated colors
Very interesting image
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-01 8:49]

Hi Joe,

You amaze me. Not only do you take these wonderful macros of so many insects but you know what each one is! Wish both would rub off on me. Oh, so this is what a stink bug is. You show him in good detail. Nice colors and I love the legs.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-03-01 9:13]

Hello Joe,
an admirable macro-portrait of the bug. All parameters are well set.
Great depth of field, optimal light and excellent sharpness let us explore the structural details of the insect.
Bets wishes, Peter

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-01 10:26]

Hi Joe. This looks like it should be a summer shot. You have captured the bug with fine detail and warm colours. With a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Have you been out with the 180 today ??

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-01 14:14]

Hi Joe

WOnderful shot - all aspects - you should be proud of this! :)


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-01 17:37]

Hi Joe,my best compliments for the impressive quality of this pic,not easy to take whit this insects very little and reflecting,great great work,thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Joe,
perfetto primo piano in visione laterale di questa specie.
Mi piace tutto in questa foto: luce, colori, composizione, sfondo, etc.

Hey Joe,
splendid macro shot of this stinky bug, very good point of view
I like especially this beutifull background, all is perfect on this great picture,
cheer my friend,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-02 5:49]

Hi Joe,
Color tones, focus & sharpness, POV, composition and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-02 6:01]

Hi Joe.
Amazing macro shot of very nice colourful bug at impressive scenery. I like wonderful diagonal composition of the shot and your direct POV, skill use flash light and well illuminated BG, great sharpness of the insect and its substrate and perfectly smoothed BG. Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-02 6:50]

Hello Joe,
I see that you have had a really sunny February and this shieldbug must be one of the results. It is a fine capture and I like the POV from the side in this sharp macro. The diagonal composition is excellent.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

Buen enfoque, profundidad, fondo y luz, osea que todos los parámetros ok :-) El encuadre es destacable.
Un saludo Joe.

Hello Joe
Another Perfect picture. Good light. Great sharpness. Very nice detail.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-03 13:01]

Hello Joe,
Another excellent sharp photo with a fantastic pose. Perfect composition. Great light and natural colours.

Hi Joe,

A perfect image. All is perfect; composition colors details contrast, all is beautiful. TFS.

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