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Fire Bug couple

Fire Bug couple
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature, Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2), Passion Unlimited [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-12 13:18
Viewed: 4155
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Do not look ! This small couple is in privacy.


Common name : Fire Bug – Scientific name : Pyrrhocoris apterus – Family : Pentatomidae.


It is most known and most widespread of the bugs of Europe.

The Fire Bug carries high his colors ! Red shining and major black, it means thus with its enemies: "do not approach me, do not touch me especially, I am not good to eat and poisoned!" In fact it is completely inofensif...

The Fire Bug is one of the most common insects of our gardens. He winters in colonies and leaves in spring, as of the first heats. He lives thus in dense groups on the trunk and with the foot of the limes, of which he sucks the fallen fruits, using his proboscis (kind of straw which he has, like all the bugs, in the place of the mouth.

The Fire Bug couple themselves at the beginning of spring and the female lays 50 to 60 eggs on the wet ground, under dead sheets. The larvae hatch in May, the adults emerging at the beginning of the winter.


Cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.

Fisher, liquidsunshine, naki, PDP, marhowie, AndyB, Runnerduck, Luc has marked this note useful
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Tres jolie photo TAZ !
j'adore ce rouge petant sur ce fond vraiment sans vie, on dirait presque une desaturation partielle !
les details sont corrects et la compos geniale.
merci ;)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-12 13:46]

very good macro shot Christian.
two in one shot very nice, the capture is good, the pof is very nice, even as the dof and the good colours, ver4y good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-12 13:47]

Excelent capture of these two. You did well in keeping the details of both. Excelent work and composition.


Very good shot Christian,
nice to see the pair captured together.
Good details, colours and sharpness.
Thanks for posting

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-12 14:25]

Very nice capture Sebastian. You gor an amazing DoF on this picture. Nice colors with diagonal placing.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-12 16:53]

Quand j'étais petit, je jouais tout le temps avec ces bêtes. On les appelais des boucliers. Superbes détails et composition. Excellent travail.
Salutations. Toni.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-12 17:24]

Hi Christian, good capture of this intimate moment. One looks like she is trying to hide from your prying eyes. Good shot with nice colours and details. Well done.

Taz, Very nice shot and you've caught these two fiery lovers in the act, a plus..Composed very well with good sharpness, color and details. Great job on this one!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-12 20:58]

Christian, this is a very nice photo. Great moment, great composition.

I like the contrast: the colorful bugs, the lack of colors of the bg.

I added your photo to a theme of mine.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-12 23:04]

Très beaus spécimens et bon contraste de couleurs.

Félicitation et merci pour l'envoi.

This is very good.. Great colours, the red and black, nice contrast with the grey rock.

POV and details are great


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-13 15:31]

A very good capture.
Excellent composition ,nice detail and colours.
Great work,well done.

A great capture, with good detail. The contrast in colours is brilliant.
Well spotted and thanks for posting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-13 19:55]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: très bonne.
Bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète et bilingue.
Merci, Christian.

Very nice catch, Christian.
IMHO it would be much nicer if the female does not have her head in the hole on the ground!
We have a similar species but orange in colour.

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