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Lygaeus equestris

Lygaeus equestris
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D800, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-17 2:01
Viewed: 2694
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lygaeus equestris, common name Black-and-Red-bug, is a species of ground bugs belonging to the family Lygaeidae, subfamily Lygaeinae.
These bugs can reach about 11 to 12 millimetres (0.43 to 0.47 in) in length. They have a characteristic red-black pattern, fully developed wings and long, powerful legs. The hemelytra have two transverse bands that reach the margin and a round white spot on the membrane. Scutellum is without bristles but with tiny hairs. The black band close to the eye is wider than the same.

This species is very difficult to differentiate from Lygaeus simulans, that has a scutellum with long bristles, antennae with angulous tubercles and a larger red area on the head.

The red-black pattern has a deterrent effect and serves to protect the insect (Mullerian mimicry or Batesian mimicry). By storing the toxic ingredients of their food plants, they are unpalatable to potential predators.

These bugs feed on plant juices, particularly milkweed (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria) Spring pheasant's eye (Adonis vernalis) and sometimes also on dandelions.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-17 2:16]

Hi Nikos,a fantastic macro in the heart of this yellow flower whit a special bonus inside,a beautiful bug that i seen only 1 time in Tunisia,great capture whit high saturation as i like and spectacular details.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Perfect composition with this Bug positioned on a yellow flower, Nikos.
Exceptionally sharp and crisp image.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-17 4:55]

Hi Nikos
What a great shot!!!
This lovely red Lygaeus equestris, with sharp details and good colours, on the perfect yellow flower...
Great work!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-17 6:20]

Very colorful nature image with the red bug on yellow flower..good composition. tfs.

Hello Mr.Nikos,
No doubt,the quality of this photograph is really great.Excellent sharp focus on subject with perfect tone made it attractive.Details are splendid too.Great work.
Thanks for such beautiful photograph,
Kind regards,

hallo Nikos
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-17 10:27]

Hi Nikos,
Excellent detail,colours and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-06-08 12:04]

Γεια σου Νικο

Μια φανταστική macro φωτογραφία, εξαιρετικό DOF,ωραία ζωντανά χρώματα,πολύ καλή οξύτητα.


**Sbn. Εχω πριν λίγες μέρες στο TN. Μου αρέσει γιατί υπάρχει καλόπιστη κριτική

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  • gavaeb (17)
  • [2015-08-14 8:25]

exelente momento, una linda foto

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