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Stink Bug

Stink Bug
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-23 3:49
Viewed: 3770
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red & Black Striped Stink Bug
Graphosoma lineatum (Linneaus, 1758)

Size 8-12mm, easy to identify with red/black stripes. The vivid colors is a mean to indicate predators that they taste bad. Very visible, mainly on umbelliferae flowers, their favorite food. Comme very often in groups from May to September in sunny places. Common in Southern Europe.

The pentatomids are known as Stink Bugs or Shield Bugs. They are frequently found in large numbers on crops and weeds. If disturbed, they will emit a pungent, evil-smelling liquid.
Stink bugs are distinguished from other bugs by their 3rd thorax, or the triangular scutellum, which is well extended to cover half of their back, but not covered the whole abdomen. Their legs are thin and with no spines. The antennae are four or five segmented. Their body are usually in shield-shaped. Nymphs look similar to their adults except they are wingless.
The 'stink' evil-smelling liquid comes from the bug's scent glands. In adults the scent gland openings are located under each side of thorax, between the first and second pair of legs. In nymphs the scent gland openings are paired and located on the top of abdomen. Those stink liquid will discourage or even harm the potential predators.
Stink bugs mating occurs in spring and/or summer, depending on the species. Eggs are laid in tight clusters glued to a host plant, usually on the underside of leaves. After hatching, the first instars often stay together with the empty egg-shell until they moult become the second instars. Then they disperse in search of food. Nymphs undergo five metamorphoses to become adults.
Most of the Stink Bug species are plant suckers although some are predators to other insects. Some species in this family exhibit maternal care by standing guard over their egg batches.
All Stink Bugs are active during the day. Shield Bugs have a number of natural enemies, some species their eggs suffer parasites by wasps.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-23 4:08]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful close up of stink bug.POV,sharpness,colors,details,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.

Great DOF. BG could be sharper. Avoid reducing pixel when down size can help.

excellent capture of the AC Milan stinkbug, paul! :-)
he´s so pretty. perfect composition and pov with the bug
climbing on the nice green flower, good sharpness and
wonderful colors.
superb job & take care, thorsten.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-07-23 6:56]

Hi Paul,

De belichting van dit wonderlijke beestje is echt super.Ook de scherpte is okay. De groene achtergrond is heel rustig en laat het strepenpatroon mooi naar voren komen.


Hej Paul,
it's a nice and colourful bug you have captured.
Strimlusen, is not very common in Sweden but will show up in big numbers sometime in the east parts.
Lovely colours, very good details and well composed.
Very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-23 7:32]

Hi Paul,
Perfect shot of this Graphosoma with a great details, colors and a lovely blured bg. Good pov and compostion.
TFS, José M.

Excellent macro Paul!
Very sharp and detailed, excellent DOF, POV, color, and light. I like the insect seen on these dill flower heads also.
Well framed & a nice BG, although I might've removed the few small sensor spots I see there :)
Very well done.

hi paul
magnifique macro de cette punaise en pyjama rayer.tres bonne netteté.

Hi paul ,

Amazing capture of this beauty , lovely composition and sharpness . Very well done on this one.



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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-23 10:45]

Excellent photo of this red and black bug!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very good POV, BG and colours too!
5* and TFS!

Hello Paul
Excellent shot. Good POV, well composed, good exposure. :-)

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-23 14:11]

Hi Paul,
Beautifull shot! colors and details are great.BG and POV are beautifull!!
very well done and TFS!!

Hi Paul,
Nice macro with great colours and details. Very well done and TFS.

Hello Paul, excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF Perfect details,excllent focus on the eye, Great work, TFs Kyle

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-23 16:28]

Hi Paul,
Excellent close-up this stink bug.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,blurred bg and frame.TFS

Hi Paul,

Working way to much, and way behind on my critiques...
Excellent macro shot!!!!!


All is perfect in this beautiful macro!
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-24 3:18]

Hi Paul!
Great macro! Very common true bug, looks great on your photo. I like POV and saturated colours. Great work!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-24 10:08]

Bonjour Paul ce Graphosome est bien mis en valeur et le" grain de sa peau" de sa carapace!! est bien rendu. Great composition and perfect details too. Very well done, Didier.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-24 12:13]

Hi Paul,
This is a Stink Bug winner! You got it from just the right angle with gorgeuos colours and distinct features against a very pleasing background tone! Very nice! Thanks a lot,

Beautiful vibrant colour,lovely detail. The composition works well.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-26 8:40]

Excelente captura Paul.
Estos insectos son difíciles de captar así por su reflejo de la luz, pero en este caso, lo has logrado con gran eficiencia.
Bonita composición con un perfecto DOF.

Excellent capture Paul.
These insects are difficult to seize thus by their reflection of the light, but in this case, you have obtained it with great efficiency.
Pretty composition with a perfect DOF.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
DOF: *****
POV: ****
Note: ****

Hi Paul,
Excellent macro work! Very sharp image, clear details, good light, great colour and well framed.
Thanks for sharing!

That is a great macro Paul! Details and texture are amazing. Composition, DOF and colors are very nice, and I like the contrast between the orange and the green BG. TFS!

Hi Paul,
Nice macro shot of stink bug.
Very nice sharpness,colors,details,lighting.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-15 18:26]

A great shot Paul. Colours, sharpness POV -- perfect

thats very intersting insteg. very nice photograpy.

Hi Paul,

There are thousands of species of Stinkbug; insects that give off putrid odours when under threat.

Their unpleasant secretions can be projected 1 foot (30 cm) and the odour lingers on leaves and fruit giving them a bitter taste.



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