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Grey Garden Bug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa)

Grey Garden Bug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-29 1:52
Viewed: 897
Points: 14
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The Grey Garden Bug (Rhaphigaster nebulosa) belongs to the family of stink bugs (Pentatomidae). It is sometimes referred to as gray box bug.
The Grey Garden bug reaches a length of 14 to 16 millimeters. It is dirty grayish yellow to brown in color with unevenly distributed point pits on the body top. The membrane of the forewing is mottled often dark brown. The margin of the abdomen (Connexivum) is provided with a black yellow pattern. The antennae are ringed black yellow, while the third and fifth sensor element is colored pale yellow. On the bottom is located between the hips, a long spine. The mouth parts are designed as proboscis.
The bug lives phytophag on various deciduous trees. Occasionally she also sucks on dead insects. The females glue in late spring about 40 eggs in strips or slices of plant parts. The hatching young bugs are wingless and variable in their coloration. It was not until the third nymphal stage short stub wings are recognizable. To save the young enemy bugs have scent glands on their backs, are observed in adult rats, these at the bottom of the breast. When a threat is strong smelling secretion discharged. The garden bug is not a good flier, they are at their clumsy flight loud buzzing sounds of itself.

The Grey Garden Bug is diurnal and heat-loving. Like all stink bugs, it forms only one generation per year. Hibernation takes place like in ivy-covered walls. When searching for a suitable winter hiding place (cracks or gaps) they get lost in homes.
The Grey Garden Bug is Palaearctic widespread, common in Central Europe in the south than in the north and here the only species of the genus Rhaphigaster.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Sigi

Great macro of Grey Garden Bug. I like the POV.Excellent sharpness and details, nice blurring BG.



hallo Siegfried
very nice and sharpness picture
good details and lovely colours
gr lou

Hello Siegfried,

Beautiful colored Bug. Quite well captured despite angle which didn't give you scope to manage good focus and details of hind portion.
Splendid sharpness and great details. Well managed BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-29 10:31]

Hello Sigi,
Very nice close up of this bug. Good sharpness, details and natural colours.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-29 11:41]

Hello Siggi'
A wonderful frontal close-up shot of this stink bug. Super sharp focus displaying excellent detail, colors are true and natural. Appears that it somehow lost one of it's antenna. Well done!!

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely bug, fine details, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-07 12:07]

Hi Siggi,very nice choice of point of view to create this curious face to fac with this garden bug,excellent sharpness and perfect exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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