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Pyrrhocoris apterus

Pyrrhocoris apterus
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Copyright: petru damsa (petrudamsa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 77 N: 725] (2544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta HT-SI, Minolta AF 35-70, Kodak Gold 200, Cokin 58mm close-up +3
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-11 0:52
Viewed: 4329
Points: 44
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Name: Pyrrhocoris apterus

One of the first insects to show up in springtime. I usually associate them with crocuses and snowdrop flowers as the springtime announcers.
It is a true bug lacking membraneous wings. In fact it has only incipient wings, relying mainly on walking. It feeds on plant and fruit juices, sometime also on dead insects. It can be found in many ecological systems: forests, meadows, antropic parks, orchards, usually around trees.
It's quite gregarious, so if you see one, be sure there are more hiding around.
Winters as an adult under the trees' bark.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To zsolt: ai dreptatepetrudamsa 1 06-28 19:54
To meyerd: Finally the corect namepetrudamsa 1 03-17 01:12
To cedryk: I'm sure you're rightpetrudamsa 1 05-03 23:29
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Hi Petru...
Colourful insects enjoying spring!
I like your composition, it is well balanced and with good focal points... DOF spot on!
Pablo -

Hello Petru,
A good photo for using a +3 diopter filter. Very clear and crisp photo. These must either be poisonous to other insects or the red is a warning of possible ill taste.

Nice colours and detail. The red of the bug is very nice.

salut Petru,

nice image...
but just one observation: the ID of Ph.apterus is not correct i'm sure that i don't have to tell you that "apterus" meaning "wing less" and the wing s are clearly visible. also i don't know the real ID i'm not a heteropterous man.


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-04-11 3:06]

Nice picture Petru. Very good details and colors.

jolie composition, trčs belle couleur

hi Petru!
Last year we spent spring in your amazing country - Romania. And this year I miss those time...
It must be great to see spring in your country.

Hi Petru,
This looks excellent! The colors are very vivd, and detail is very sharp. Flash exposure appears to be spot on. Great work!

Hi Petru, Great colors POV, DOV, greatly composed and capture pHoto. TFS Kyle

Hi Petru,
a nice and colourful shot - we also had lots of this firebugs last year - normaly I don't like bugs, but these are quite nice.
Pretty arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-04-11 15:13]

Hi Petru!
I'm glad to see you again! Very nice bugs - colorfull, well detailed, sharp. Composition is good, flowers also. I founded one of them last weekend.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-04-12 3:38]

Very very nice! Petru!
Great job!

Hi Petru,
Very nice pic, I love these intense red bugs (only their colors). very good composition, details and exposure.
Anice job.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-04-19 11:06]

I call them Buggs. But they make a nice colourful picture here. Artistic Buggs now I think. Well done.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-02 4:53]

Hi Petru
Great composition. Good colours, details, sharpnes, BG and POV.
Well done Petru


This is superb close-up captured, really congratulations.
Everything is ok; focus, colours, details, POV and DOF.
Very good work my friend!
Thanks Ana:)

Hello Petru,
Very nice photo but it's not Pyrrhocoris apterus. To me it looks similar to Lygaeus species but I tell you more when I find it in my books.
Best greetings,

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-05 1:09]

Hello Petru! Nice bugs! The colours are beautiful and you did a nice composition! TFS!

Great macro!!!

hi petru
cela ne va pas aller si l'un veut partir a droite est l'autre a gauche!!
bonne macro.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-01 18:35]

Hi Petru,
Excellent macro! Very well composition, nice colours and good details, great capture of interesting moment!
Very well done and thanks for sharing!

Dear Petru,
I see your nice shot of the bugs belatedly, I was looking for all shots of Pyrrhocoris on TN. Your pic is well focussed on the head, well done, all the details are there and they are "active" if only copulating.

But it is not Pyrrhocoris apterus of the family Pyrrhocoridae, but clearly a species of Pentatomidae that I had not seen before. In my book, Eurydema ventrale qualifies exactly. Eurydema is 8-12 mm long, of Mediterranean distribution, occurs in humid places.This species definitely makes your picture even more interesting! I hope you manage to confirm my proposition.

Parca as mai verifica inca o data daca chiar este vorba de genul Pyrrhocoris.
(deoarece seamana cu vreo specie din genul Eurydema de la o posta...)

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