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Dock Leaf Bugs

Dock Leaf Bugs
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 2:12
Viewed: 3482
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coreidae are a large family of insects of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs"), including some of the largest members (> 4 cm/nearly 2 inches) of that group. There are over 1,800 species in some 250 genera. They generally resemble shield bugs (Pentatomoidea) which are fairly, but not extremely close relatives, and include the insects known as leaf-footed bugs and squash bugs. These names do not refer to different taxa in this family, but strictly speaking "leaf-footed bugs" is the most unequivocal name.

"Squash bugs" may be any common species that include Cucurbita (squash and pumpkins) among their foodplants. For example, in North America the Orange-tipped Leaf-footed Bug (Anasa tristis) is "the" squash bug, while in Europe it is the Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus). Other well-known members of the Coreidae are the Florida Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus) and the Western Conifer Seed Bug (L. occidentalis) which is an invasive species currently colonizing Europe (typically, "seed bugs" are members of the not too distantly related Lygaeoidea however).

The hindlegs in members of this family are often modified, sometimes in elaborate ways; hence the common name. It appears that males of at least some species use these hind legs in combat over territories. All members of the family are exclusively phytophagous. Leaf-footed bugs enter houses only by accident, when they seek hibernation quarters for the cold season.


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Ciao Siegfried,
bellissima cattura di questa coppia d'insetti coriacei, ottimi POV e DOF, bella la composizione con gli insetti contrapposti, molto buona la definizione dei dettagli, molto belli e naturali i colori.

Hola Siegfried, buen macro, con buena exposición, nitida y buen detalle.
Tonos de color naturales y agradables. Un saludo

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-02 3:03]

Hallo Siegfried,
die zwei hast du gut getroffen wobei der Fokus etwas mehr auf dem rechten Tier liegt.
Die erzielte Schärfe ist beeindruckend. Bei etwas kleinerer Blende wären aber ggf. die
Beine des linken Tieres auch noch schärfer herausgekommen.
Licht und Farben sind perfekt.
Beste Grüße, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-02 3:25]

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent composition showing these interesting bugs, presumably male and female.
I like the sharp details and fine natural colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-02 3:59]

hi siegfried,
very good position of these bugs, well captured in diagnol composition. tfs.

Hi Siggi,
An amazing macro shot of these bugs with great details and useful notes on the species. Composition, POV and DOF are also perfect. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-02 10:30]

Hi Siggi,

A wonderful macro of these Dock Leaf Bugs. I assume one is male and one is female. Excellent colors, shadings and detail. They look to be paper thin. You captured them in good positions and they look good against the green leaf.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-02 11:00]

Hi Siegfried,
Your bugs are very sharp. It's show out like they fight.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-02 11:50]

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful photo of these bugs. Specially the composition is excellent. Sharpness and colours are very good. The leaf forms a beautiful BG.

Hi Siegfried,

Great shot of the 2 bugs, nice poc and good dof.
Lots of details and beautiful colours.


This is one of the most outstanding macro shots of bugs I have ever seen on TN, Siegfried.
The view from the top gives you sharpest possible image with immaculate colours and details on these curious looking bugs.
Even the vein patterns on the green leaf enhance the beauty of this composition manifold.
TFS and regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-03 21:25]

Hello Siggi, very nice shot and a good one. I like the colors and the lighting. Well done ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-07 5:11]

Lieber Siggi,
Diese Lederwanzen hast Du auf interessante und lebhafte Weise fotografiert. Diese Kreaturen sehen irgenwie so archaisch aus, man kann sich vorstellen, dass sie wohl viel länger als die Menschen unsere Welt bewohnen.
Hab herzlichen Dank

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-07 16:28]

Hello Siegfried,
thanks for the response to my recent post.
This creature is quite common in my country too. they bear different names.
Lovely pose in its nautral condidition.
Beautifully composed , nice contrast of green leaf.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-08 6:36]

Hi Siggi,
They have interesting design. I like the details and the pose you captured as well as the composition. TFS

Hello Siegfried,
interesting bugs and very nice shot!

Best regards, Leonid

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