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Nezara viridula 5th instar nymph

Nezara viridula 5th instar nymph
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-06-10 23:42
Viewed: 958
Points: 16
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Nezara viridula Linnaeus 1758
Hemiptera: Pentatomidae
Common names: southern green stink bug or green vegetable bug, green stink bug

The green stink bug is a highly polyphagous feeder, attacking many important food crops. It is believed to have originated in Ethiopia. Its distribution now includes the tropical and subtropical regions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

It completes its life cycle through five instars. Here I posted fifth instar and in WS a fourt one. Adults and nymphs have piercing-sucking mouthparts. The mouth consists of a long beak-like structure called the rostrum. Salivary fluid is pumped down the salivary duct and liquefied food is pumped up the food canal. All plant parts are likely to be fed upon, but growing shoots and developing fruit are preferred. Attached shoots usually wither or, in extreme cases, may die. The damage on fruit from the punctures is hard brownish or black spots. These punctures affect the fruit's edible qualities and decidedly lower its market value. Young fruit growth is retarded and the fruit often withers and drops from the plant. In addition to the observable damage caused by southern green stink bug feeding, the mechanical transmission of tomato bacterial spot may also result.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-11 0:14]

Hi Nikos,a perfect capture of this nymph very common in my country too,great details and bright colors,the best point of view too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Nikos
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

hello Nikos
Une magnifique macro,
Très bonnes couleurs et netteté.
Les détails sont remarquables,belle symétrie des dessins
Bonne journée

hello Nikos
very beautiful shot of thi insect, great colors and light and nice composition
have a good evening

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-06-11 20:32]

Hi Nikos
I have seen this species, or similar, in my country, but in different colors.
Excellent sharpness, interesting details.


Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely nymph, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

thanks for showing this beauty in such a nice way.Pierre

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-19 11:48]

Hello Nikos,
Very beautiful macro of this stink bug in splendid light, excellent sharpness and a very good chosen composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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