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Copyright: Alina Vicu (mamabear) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 43] (199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-18 0:48
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Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you Karel (Karl312) for the Id ;)
I took this picture this summer in a meadow near the Horaicioara Monastery.

Scientific classification
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Pyrrhocoridae
Genus: Pyrrhocoris
Species: P. apterus

The firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus, is a common insect of the family Pyrrhocoridae. Firebugs generally mate in April and May. Their diet consists primarily of seeds from lime trees and mallows.

They can be seen in tandem formation when mating which can take from 12 hours up to 7 days. The long period of copulating is probably used by the males as a form of ejaculate-guarding under high competition with other males.

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really a colorful majestic bug. i think it is poisonous because of its color. is it? or may be natures defense mechanism to protect from predators. great shot. a slight angular difference can create much more better image i feel... congrats.

Bine ai venit in lumea celor ce iubesc natura, felicitari pentru aceasta prima captura,.
Culori frumose, naturale, detalii clare.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-18 9:51]
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Salut Alina,
bun venit pe TN, comentarii frumoase (dupa prima expunere nu imi fac nici o problema ca nu le-ai primi) si puncte multe.
Excelenta aceasta poza de inceput !
Asteptam cu nerabdare si altele. Orice inceput este greu, dar tu ai inceput foarte bine.
O seara frumoasa,

Pyrrhocoris apterus

it is not poisonous ;)

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