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Winter colours shieldbug

Winter colours shieldbug
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-24 14:04
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Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

True bugs have mouthparts that are specialized for piercing and sucking: most feed on plant juices though some are predators. They include plant-bugs, bed-bugs, water-boatmen, aphids, leafhoppers, froghoppers, and (in warmer climates) cicadas.

What do they look like?
The Green Shieldbug is well named: it is a shield-shaped bug and – at least in the summer – it is mostly bright green (though it becomes darker and browner towards the autumn). It grows to a length of about 15 mm. Like all similar bugs, it has a distinctive triangular plate on its back between the hardened sections of the folded forewings. The entire upper surface is green except for the overlapping membranous sections of the wings at the rear of the body, which appear brownish. Their antennae have five segments (as opposed to the shorter foursegmented antennae of most other groups of bug).

Where do they live?
The Green Shieldbug is found in hedgerows, grasslands and woodland edges. It is also common on horticultural crops and in nearby roadside vegetation.

Where can they be found?
This species is found in much of Europe, and in the eastern and southern states of the USA. It is widespread in the British Isles, though it is sparsely distributed in Scotland.

Life cycle
Female Green Shieldbugs lay several groups of 20-30 barrel-shaped eggs on plant leaves, up to 200 eggs per female. These hatch into wingless nymphs that crawl between plants to feed. The life cycle from egg to adult takes about six weeks, and there can be two or more generations per year in the summer season. They hibernate for the winter as adults.

What do they do?
Their coloration camouflages them well amongst the greenery on which they feed: they are bright green during the summer, then turn darker green to brown in the autumn.

Did you know…?
The Green Shieldbug’s alternative name – Green Stink Bug – refers to the smell that it leaves as a trail over fruit and vegetation. If it is present in large numbers, this can taint and spoil a crop. The insects also produce this smell if handled or disturbed.

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F:8 - 1/25 - Handheld

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-24 14:23]

wonderful shot felipe,
very good macro, very good pof on this little insect, good colours, very nice photo, good note as usual, very good job my friend.
gr. Jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-24 15:43]

Greetings Felipe, excellent shot. The close up is superb and all the detail is there in teh right places. Very nice work, well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-04-24 15:52]
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Superb Felipe! Excellent sharpness and quality of textures, nice light and colours. Especially I like green ground made by...what? Algae? Lichens? Amazing details and as always in your photos perfect DOF. Note completed your great post.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-24 16:24]

Excellent macro Felipe. Good coloristic and composition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-24 17:04]

We have similar shield bugs in NZ and they are a BIG nuisance in our vege gardens and very unpopular! Good capture of this horrible beetle Felipe. I like how his textured body is reflecting the light. Good compo and well presented. TFS.

Hi Felipe.
I like the unusual POV here,and the textures of the beetle and the moss complement each other.
This sheild bug in its brown stage is very similar to the brown soldier bug we have,which actually eats garden pests like caterpillars.
Great macro....TFS

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-24 17:22]

Excelent closeup, very good details and composition. A beauty.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-24 18:27]
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Felipe, 1/25, without a tripod?

Eu não conseguiria uma foto nítida usando tal velocidade.

Excelente composição, cores vívidas e contrastantes.

Uma bela foto.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-24 18:34]

A very nice capture of this shield bug.
Excellent detail and composition with a very good POV.
The lighting here is very nice and hand held at 1/25 is a great result too!
Very well done.

Hello Felipe, this is an excellent macro and what an unusual insect it is. Great detail due to accurate DOF. It looks like a monster beetle walking over a forest of trees! This is a great shot for sure, well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-24 22:44]

The fisrt image which comes to my mind is an alien Trojan Horse. Soon thousands of invaders are going to go out of this monster which you left there supposing that we would take it as a present. It is too beautiful to be true. You really believe that your stratagem is going to succeed? You really believe that we are ignorant and that we learn nothing of the history? ;-)
You are right and I accept your present. Thank you very much Felipe.

Good macro Felipe.
Nice POV with the low angel. Good colours and details.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-25 3:38]

Belle et intéressante macro-photographie pour cette Punaise verte. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Well Done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-25 5:12]

Very nice macro Felipe!
Sharpness,DOF and details are perfect.Very well job!

Felipe, Excellent DOF, details, POV and colors..Nice frame treatment - Very well done!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-25 8:51]

Holà Felipe
Muy bonita composicion. Me gustan mucho las detallas, la luz y el color verde del sol. Felicidades.
Puntos mañana.
Saludos Toni

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