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Acanthosoma haemorrhoidalis

Acanthosoma haemorrhoidalis
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-04 6:51
Viewed: 3105
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard visitors:

I felt I had to show you some of the colourful specimens for a change. This is the Red-tipped shield bug (Hemiptera; Acanthosomatidae; Acanthosoma haemorrhoidalis L.; Stachelwanze), sitting on Raspberry leaf. The reason I lose my raspberries is not this bug that is rarely seen but a whole arsenal of other species, bugs, snails and beetles. The shield bug is quite big with 16-18 mm in length.

ID: Acanthosomatidae are differentiated from the similar looking Pentatomidae by the long spine protruding forward from the third abdominal sternite and the two instead of three tarsal segments. BUT, much more interesting is their brood care, the females collect the hatched young under their belly for protection like a hen does with the chicks.

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Hi Dietrich
Fantastic, perfectly sharp image. Good exposure on shine bug, great natural colors, good OOF background

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-04 7:02]

Hello Dietrich
Excellent shot of this Shieldbug,
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-04 7:27]

Hello Dietrich,
This is a very fine capture of this bug showing razor sharp details of the shield. Beautiful colours too and a fine composition.
Your fill flash has worked very well here too.
TFS and regards, Ulla


I like your composition. The details and sharpness of the subject are excellent. Your lighting and BG also make a wonderful pic.


Hallo Dietrich,
sehr schönes Bild der Stachelwanze.
Die Farben sind wunderschön und die Musterung ist ausgezeichnet zu erkennen. Tolle Schärfe und guter Kontrast.
Schade nur, dass der Kopf nicht zu sehen ist. Trotzdem ein herrliches Bild dieser Wanzenart.
Viele Grüsse aus dem Donautal

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-04 8:55]

Hi Dietrich.
My congratulations. It is really brilliant shot. All is fantastic and firstly these are impressive DOF and ultimate sharpness/details of the bug and leaves. Lights and colours are spot on too. Bravo. Terrific job.

Hi Dietrich.
I liked this! Extraordinary macro!
Excellent texture, sharpness and coloration.
Congratulations by wealth of details.
My best regards,
José Roberto

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-05 0:45]

Lieber Dieter,
Fast dreidimensiomales Bild dieser schönen Stachelwanze. Lustig, den Kopf nicht zu sehen, verleiht dem Bild etwas Witziges. Fressen Dir deine Viecher die Himbeeren weg, oder gar den ganzen Strauch? Ich hoffe nicht!
Wie üblich beste Schärfe (die ich nie erreichen werde mit meinem Material)
Herzlichen Dank für deinen Besuch bei den Pfiffoltern.
Alles liebe

Hi Dietrich,
As I see this time a "raspberry bug" ;> Very nice capture with wonderful details! I really like it! The only thing I would change is POV, it would be good to see also head of this insect. Anyway, great macro!
Best regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-09-05 2:54]

Hello Dietrich!

Yes, exactly this part of shield bug will produce terrible smell when you'll disturb this insect :-) Great colours - it looks almost exotic and tropical.

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  • dip (59)
  • [2008-09-05 12:45]

Hi Dietrich,
beautiful shot with excellent clarity and sharpness,
wonderful colors and good composition,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-09-07 7:12]

Hello Dietrich,
My, oh my, what an interesting insect!
What amazes me are all those little "dots" that adorn its carapace.
Some of them look embossed and some of them look indented.
And if I look harder, they seem to switch, like an optical illusion.
What a great shot!
TFS. : )

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