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Palomena prasina.

Palomena prasina.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4600
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-18 15:14
Viewed: 4941
Points: 36
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Palomena prasina.

Palomena prasina (Linnaeus, 1761).

Green Shieldbug
Grüne Baumwanze

Ordo: Heteroptera

Body length: 11 - 14 mm

Body colours variable, according to season:
green during Spring, turning brown in Autumn.

Temperate Europe and UK, Eastern and Southern parts of North America.
Widespread and common in grasslands, at edges of deciduous forests, in parks and gardens.

Period of observation: April to October.

Mouthparts are specialised for sucking plant juices.

Camera: Nikon COOLPIX E4600, 2288 x 1712 pixels, sRGB, 17mm, macro activated, F/8.2, 1/135 sec., ISO-50, 10.06.2006, 14:39. No tripod, no flash.

Have a very good start of the week.
Thank you for looking.

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Well done on this moment. You managed the shot perfectly.
A bit to bright for me, but that is always question of personal taste. The texture on the leave adds a lot to the photo.
TFS, Felipe.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-18 16:02]

Hi Peter,
Recently I myself took a shot of two identical bugs [same ritual], but my shot is nowhere as good as yours. Your colours are very vivid and lighting is spot-on. Detail is outstanding and contrast excellent.
Very good shot indeed!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-18 16:32]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,lighting,framing and composition are wonderful.Exposure is spot on.Have a great week too!

Awesome capture although a little naughty! Your focus is spot on. Well seen!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-18 18:28]

Hi Peter,
A very detail macro with all the scene in focus, great color, good composition and an excelent background. I agree with Felipe respect to the strong sun reflection, but it's ok in this way.
TFS, José M.

Wow! This is excellent Peter the colors and details are amazingly perfect, I would have to agree with everyone that the reflection of OE white is a slight distraction but otherwise a very nice photo. :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-19 2:04]

Hi Peter!
You catched good moment. True bugs are always very shy so congratulations for this shot. Detailed and sharp, as Felipa said maybe slightly to bright on bugs' armours but I know how hard is to make good exposure in full sun. I like green tones of your picture also. Very good post.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-19 3:37]

Great capture Peter!
I saw this bugs too but never on mating!
They are very commonin Portugal too.
Exellent POV and colours!
Excellent DOF, details and sharpness!
5* and TFS!


Very interesting capture you have posted. I Like the subject very much. The Composition, Lighting and sharpness are all great and make a really good pic. TFS,

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-19 6:49]

Hi Peter,
Very lovely macro shot,
Details and colors are great.
BG and POV are beautifull.
keep up and TFS!!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-19 12:17]

Hallo Peter,
you have got so many positive comments - what else. I only say: brilliant and perfect!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-19 21:30]
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Hi Peter
Last night I tried to critique your 'Bug Love', but it was not to be as I lost my service provider and it took more than 24 hours before I could successfully log on again. Talking about pulling your hair out of your head...
Anyway, I'm back and I must applaud you on this posting. What is bug love? Could it be described as, "Lust & tenderness between consenting insects". Very well seen and captured. It is an excellent macro, tack sharp with every bit of detail visible, very well presented in a lovely composition with strong vivid colours, and the exposure was perfectly managed especially considering those shiny surfaces of the bugs.
Great work and TFS.

PS. Something I found on the Internet that fits your posting very well.

Touched by the Love Bug, a poem by Hazel Eyes.

Oh it has happened
I don't know when,
But I think I've been touched.
By the love bug again.

I feel alive and warm inside
to know that you exist.
I feel your presence,
your touch and your kiss.

The love bug is a good thing
For me and for you.
So when you get touched
Remember it is true.

You don't know when the love bug will strike.
It might be in the day or late at night.
So when the love bug comes, answer the call.
Remember the love bug has love for us all

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-20 17:56]

Hallo Peter,
klasse diese Komposition in gruen. Sagenhaft diese Schaerfe. Bildeinteilung und Schaerfeverlauf sind meisterhaft.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful bugs really! i like the leaf that they are on! Great composition with a green bg! Details, pov, focusing, sharpness, framing all are wonderful! Thank you!

EXCELLENT macro Pieter..
Very nice work here, I like it very much.
Heading home today...I miss my dogs :)

Hallo Peter,
ich hab' so viele von Deinen Schüssen nicht gesehen, schändlich!!! Dabei ist gerade dieser so toll. Die Flügel glänzen wunderbar und die Schärfe ist nicht zu toppen!
Vielen Dank für diese super Post, Gruß
Sabine - wishnugardua

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-18 1:15]

It is the first time I can see "Punaises" in love ;-) Nice composition in diagonale and beautiful light. Sharpness and DOF are good also. Congratulations Peter and TFS.

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-21 10:50]

Hi peter,

Great picture of these two bugs.
Great color, position, DOF, BG and sharpness.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-08 8:28]

Hi Peter, dear friend.
I am happy that I have observed your gallery and found this macro masterpiece. Simply amazing close-up with fantastic quality . Sunlight, colours are simply vibrant and DOF is the best. Details of the beetles and leaf are tremendous. And composition of the shot is as from textbook on composition. Thanks for this stunning work. My kind wishes.

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