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Stictopleurus punctatovenosus

Stictopleurus punctatovenosus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-21
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, Workshop
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-14 1:46
Viewed: 2931
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little known backyard bugs:

"I like bugs, they are colorful, funny-smelling and stingy". Well, it's not quite that; this one, the 7 mm long Stictopleurus punctatovenosus (Goeze) (Heteroptera; Rhopalidae; Scentless plant bugs; Glasflügelwanzen) is none of either. It sits on wilted flowers of Origanum vulgare where it is presumably sucking at the seeds. Of course I survey the fresh flowers all the time and take pictures of the bees, dipterans and butterflies that land on them. But dry flowers, that is when bugs have a field day. I posted another picture of the same animal in the workshop section.

ID: The species presented here (for the first time on TN I think) resembles other Rhopalids and particularely the two other species of Stictopleurus here. I used the excellent URL www.britishbugs.org.uk for ID. The differentiation is possible by looking at the shape and coloring of the Pronotum; its posterior point is rounded, not two-pronged and not pointed. The coloration of the abdomen clinches it.

Technical stuff: With my usual hooded double macro flash I got a lot of reflexions on the animal which I had to attenuate somewhat in PS by painting and stamping. Renouncing the use of flash would be difficult with such a small object. But maybe I could disperse the light further with some white paper.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-14 2:00]

What a great macro1
Lovely details!
Great shot my friend1

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-14 2:05]

Hello Dietrich
An interesting insect capture with great details and natural colors

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-14 2:26]

Hi Dietrich,a wonderful close-up and a very nice composition too,top sharpness direct on the bug and excellents colors too,you manage very well the hard light for the best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-14 4:32]

Very good macro, great natural colors and details!

hello Dietrich
very good composition
nice light with good sharpness
beatiful colours
very nice bug
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-14 8:06]

Hi Dietrich,
Again an exceptional macro. Very beautiful colors with exceptional detail. A species of insect that I have never seen.
Have a nice day,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-14 8:22]

Hello Dietrich,
Beautiful photo of this bug in excellent sharpness and details. Very nice natural colours, difficult in this light. Good choice of composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-14 11:32]

Lieber Dieter,
Bin gerade zurück aus dem Unterwallis und freue mich eine neue Wanze von Dir zu sehen. Sehr interessant wie sie farblich an die Umgebung angepasst ist, natürlich die beste Tarnung, wäre da nicht der Blitz, der die Flügel scheinen lässt. Ich möchte auch noch recht herzlich danken für Deine Angaben zu meinem Ameisenbild. Es brauchte doch Dieter um zu merken, dass es sich hier um eine Hülle von einem Centipede handelt. Habe die Beine gezählt und wirklich so viele bringt auch eine Spinne nicht in ein Bild :-)
Ae ruhigi schöni Nacht

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-14 12:34]

Hi Dietrich
Beautiful colors and excellent detail and POV...TFS

Hello Dietrich,
Very interesting capture. Fine details and colors. Not easy to use the flash for small subject. I have the same problem too... Best regards,

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