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Cotton Stainers

Cotton Stainers
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 6:17
Viewed: 4297
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, today I present you the second picture from my outing to the school vegetable farm yesterday. This time it is a pair of Cotton Stainers.
Here is a short note on these insects:

Cotton Stainer Bugs
Dysdercus decussatus

Both adults and nymphs are often found in groups under the leaves or among the flowers of plants. They get their name because many Dysdercus species transfer microorganisms that stain the cotton bolls that they prefer to feed on. In nature, most feed on Portia Tree seeds. But bugs that feed on cotton grow larger and faster.
Feeding on the cotton bolls not only stains them an indelible yellow as plant sap seeps out of the puncture wound, and microorganisms and fungus grow at the site. The feeding habit also damages the fibres by cutting them, and affects the growth of the cotton boll. Some species also damage other agricultural crops such as peaches.



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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-28 6:39]

Hello Ram,
The contrasting colours of the bugs against the green is very beautiful in this photo. Good sharpness, details, POV and composition.

The red contrasts well with the green BG Ram, good light & detail.
They appear to be mating?, great shot :)

Hello ram,
beautiful colors for this Dysdercus decussatus in love. Compliments and regards, Paolo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-28 8:58]

Hi Ram,the sharpness ins't at the top but isn't easy to work in this terrific light conditions..and maybe the position of this couple was difficult too.A very good work and an excellent scoop.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

hello Ram
very good composition with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Ram Sir,
Absolutely beautiful Cotton Stainers. This picture has all your trademarks - wonderful colors, details, position and composition.
Anil Purohit

Hello Ram
A well balanced presentation, I like the beautiful colours of these bugs

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful cotton stainer bugs. Very well composed shot with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Good Moorning Sir Ram,

Nice job, very effective lighting and composition. The shalow DOF and soft green blurr BG aids in bringing out the details and the event:). Well taken!
TFS and have a nice sunday!


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