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Red love
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-30 13:19
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Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
Family: Pentatomidae
Genus: Graphosoma
Species:G. lineatum

Graphosoma lineatum is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae. It is also known as the Italian Striped-Bug and Minstrel Bug.
Most contemporary authors consider G. lineatum and G. italicum as two different species: G. lineatum, with orange legs, is present in the south of Italy, in Sardinia, in North Africa and in the Near East while G. italicum, blacklegged, is distributed more towards the center and north of Europe (Ribes et al., 2008; Dusoulier and Lupoli, 2006). Others still consider G. italicum as a synonym of G. lineatum or as a subspecies (G. lineatum subsp. italicum – as follows).
Graphosoma lineatum can reach a length of 8–12 millimetres (0.31–0.47 in). The body is almost round, with a large shield. The basic color of the upperside of the body is bright red, with wide black longitudinal stripes. The pronotum has six black bands. The antennae are black. Also the sides of the abdomen (Connexivum) are red with many small black spots. The legs may be black or red, depending on the subspecies.
The bold red and black warning colours (aposematism) indicate that the insects are foul-tasting, protecting them from predators. The nymphs have no the red-black stripe pattern, they are mostly brownish or grayish.
These shield bugs are frequently found on the umbels of Apiaceae (Heracleum, Anthriscus, Foeniculum, etc.) and often on the flowers of the Greater Pignut, Bunium bulbocastanum.

Graphosoma lineatum

Nome Volgare: Cimice rossonera. Dimensioni: 9-11 mm. Descrizione: insetto dalla livrea molto vistosa a bande longitudinali rosso-nere. I colori vivaci avvertono i predatori sul cattivo gusto e la non-commestibilità della specie (mimetismo mülleriano). Questa cimice, come tutti i Pentatomidi, è appiattita e a forma di “scudo” con capo incassato e antenne composte da 5 articoli. Lo scutello, triangolare, è molto ampio e sviluppato. Distribuzione e habitat: è presente nell’Italia continentale e Sicilia con la sottospecie italicum,con zampe prevalentemente nere, e in Sardegna con la sottospecie lineatum con zampe aranciate. Predilige ambienti caldi ed assolati dove frequenta le Ombrellifere in fiore. Periodo di attività: primavera-estate.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-30 13:29]

Hello Luciano.
What a good close up shot ofthe pair of Striped-Bug.You have captured fine detail and natural colours. With a nice pOV.DOF. well done. Very good notes too.Regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano, bella coppia di milanisti sporcaccioni, ottima nitidezza e magnificio colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

'Striped Bug' is the most apt name for this species, Luciano.
The black stripes on red look really gorgeous.
The lovers have their heads down, so we see their backs only. Still, the image is tack sharp and the colours are rich and beautiful.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-30 19:57]
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Hello Luciano,
These two love birds are dressed in such colorful attire. It always amazes me of the many different types and colors of shield bugs there are from around the world. Excellent capture and shown in a top clas image.
PS. I am in Nicaragua right now visiting my daughter, today I photographed a gorgeous butterfly. I believe it may be a type of fritillary. I can not wait to get back home and see how it turned out on the computer.

Hi Luciano,
relly nice and interesting :)
Beautiful colours. Very good sharpness on them. Excellent presentation.
Have a nice day,

Hello Luciano.
照的很清晰 非常可愛的甲蟲
角度也很特別 動作有趣味性
花真是美麗的很 構圖漂亮 謝謝分享

Ciao Luciano,
Belle cimici in effusioni. Colori molto naturali e ottima composizione.

Hello luciano,
Nice picture of these Bugs.Well captured with good colour pattern and sharpness.Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-31 0:31]

Lovely! They are even holding "hands"...

Well done, Luciano,


Hello Luciano,
Wonderful composition,excellent colours,fine details and nice clarity.
Best regards,

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful colours and patterns in this symmetrical, radial and diagonal arrangement. Very well seen and executed. Best wishes.

Ciao Luciano,
ma questi due qui li hai ripresi fuori dallo stadio?
Questa variante di cimici rossonera non la conosco, grazie per averla presentata, interessanti anche le note.
Sempre ottimo il dettaglio e nitidezza, bravo e complimenti anche per aver colto la scena hot.

buona giornata

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'arbuste aide au cadrage des insectes. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des Punaises arlequins. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


hallo luciano
great sharpness and with good details
i like this composition with the beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou


What a great shot. Had to study for a moment to see the pentastomids as they are oriented. Interesting species. TFS

Best wishes,


Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of these lovers in action, fine POV, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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