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Dock Leaf Bug

Dock Leaf 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: 2007-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-11 8:38
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Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the afternoon it stopped raining and was able to go for a walk,a lot of stink or shieldbugs were drying on leaves,one of them I show in my todays upload,this was one I saw for the first time and if I am right I suppose this is a dock leaf bug (Mesocerus marginatus)
picture is shot in RAW as usual,used fillflash,cropped,resized and sharpened on the B/W scale in Lab colors before upload,hope you like it and tfw.

Dock Leaf Bug

Many shield bugs are brown. And in brown bugs too one finds a lot of look-a-likes, even between species from different families. The Dock Leaf Bug, which is also called the Brown Squash Bug, looks very much like Arma custos, a species we'll be dealing with later. Mind you though that Arma custos is not a British species. Compared to Arma custos the Dock Leaf Bug has no stripes on the edges and its shoulders are more rounded. But the biggest difference between the species is in the tip of the antennae. The Dock Leaf Bug has dark tipped antennae, those of Arma custos are light tipped. The Dock Leaf Bug is a strict vegetarian feeding on plants and fruit.

The Dock Leaf Bug has two small pointers in the front of the head, between the antennae. Another distinguishing mark. Normally it is just a little bigger than the Green Shield Bug, reaching a length of 12 to 15 mm. You'll find it on many flowers in the garden, often in small groups, comprised of both adults and larvae. Because it hibernates in all life stages, it can be seen almost all year around. Hibernating specimens often are a bit darker in colour. This species loves flying. When threatened it spreads its stinking poison around and it produces a lot of the stuff. Should your skin make contact with it, it turns brown. And it will stay that way for a while, for it is very hard to wash off this poison. The larvae have the same colour the adults have, but they lack the stripings on the edge shields. In the bottom picture a larva is depicted. The Dock Leaf Bug is a very common species all over the British Isles and in most of Europe and Northern America as well.

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Hej Paul,
I think it's nice to be back home again.
this is a good close-up with good sharpness, fine details and nice colours.
I like the compo and POV too.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-11 9:21]

Hi Paul,
Great capture of this nymph of a bug that I've never seen before! Excellent sharp details, good colours and very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ha Paul,

Prachtig shot van deze Zuringwants (Coreus marginatus)
Scherpte/diepte, kleur, compo, POV en DOF zijn perfect
de stand van de antenne's is in dit shot opmerkelijk

TFS Thijs

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-11 9:58]

Hello Paul,
a professional picture of this bug. The entire insect is shown with superb sharpness and contrasts well against the green leaf. Outlines and surface structure are well presented.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-11 10:12]

hi PVS,
superb picture from you again.

Hello Paul
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,BG and lighting,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-11 11:27]

Hola Paul.
excelente macro amigo,
detalles y compo. excelentes,
buen trabajo,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-11 12:49]

Hi .internet problems well done for now.

Hi Paul,
Splendid capture.
Excellent colors, contrast and texture.
Very good POV; shot rich in details.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
My best regards,
Josť Roberto

Hello Paul,
Great details have been captured in this little fellow!
I like the composition with the diagonal direction, strong natural colours!
Pablo -

Hi Paul.
Wonderful macro shot. So cute beetle (or bug). Excellent POV and reproduction of all details. I like how well is reproduced leaf too. Diagonal composition of the shot is excellent. Flash work is great. Light is looked very naturally. My best wishes and TFS.

P.S. Have you kept the turn for Sony A700? -: )))

Hello Paul!
First of all I would like to say that I like a good quality insect pictures. And this is one of them. Interesting not only because of good DOF and POV but also because of the object. Maybe the species is not rare (I would even say: it's very common in great part of Europe), but here we have a larva! And thanks to details it is easy to see the "beginning" of wings in this specimen.
TFS and my best regards,

Hello Paul a fine capture technically can't see anything to complain about. Good POV and composition tfs rgds Necip

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