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From my garden

From my garden
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, HOYA HMC 72mm UV(0)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-15 4:59
Viewed: 6312
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago in my garden, when checking out the macro capabilities of the Canon 28-135 IS.

With the arrival of the "cold" season here -temperature drops from 24 centigrades average to 18 centigrades :-) - the Christmas tree blooms in these gorgeous red flowers, and immediately some insects are attracted to it.

Since I have no idea about the ID, I asked for help and the fellow TN members Joey, Argus and Undoredo suggested it must be a young nymph stage of a true bug (Hemiptera).
So if anyone else can provide the exact ID I’ll be so gratefully.

Taken with tripod + IS, crop, exposure adjustment, resized and sharpen for TN.

ISO: 200
Focal length: 135 mm
Color space: Adobe RGB
RAW open in Adobe camera raw, adjusted and transferred to CS3 for final adjustments.

Hemiptera is an order of insects, comprising around 80,000 species of cicadas, aphids, planthoppers, shield bugs, and others, collectively known as the true bugs. They range in size from 1 mm to over 10 cm, and share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts.

The defining feature of hemipterans is their possession of mouthparts where the mandibles and maxillae have evolved into a proboscis, sheathed within a modified labium to form a "beak" or "rostrum" which is capable of piercing tissues (usually plant tissues) and sucking out the liquids — typically sap.

Life cycle
Hemipterans are hemimetabolous, meaning that they do not undergo metamorphosis between a larval phase and an adult phase. Instead, their young are called nymphs, and resemble the adults to a large degree, the final transformation involving little more than the development of functional wings (if they are present at all) and functioning sexual organs, with no intervening pupal stage as in holometabolous insects. Hemiptera is the largest insect order that is hemimetabolous; the orders with more species all have a pupal stage (Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera and Hymenoptera).

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ramthakur: So honored!JoseMiguel 1 11-19 05:05
To horia: TripodJoseMiguel 1 11-15 15:14
To Argus: Thanks so much!JoseMiguel 1 11-15 14:56
To joey: Thanks for the clue!JoseMiguel 1 11-15 05:32
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-15 5:09]

you're to have a garden like that !!! and a very good way to show the insects,very nice work,have a nice day,Luciano

Good one. Gorgeous color on this interesting fellow! Nice composition, too! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-15 5:19]

Hola JOsé
interante bichito,
(parece un caballero armado)
colores y sensacionales detalles...
saludos y esperamos Id,
saludos amigo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-15 5:29]
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This is some kind of Assassin Bug... can't be more specific than that though!
A beautiful image that is full of colours.
+++ Great sharpness and detail. Superb clarity aswell.
Great composition and a good POV.
I like the DOF because it isolates the bug from its BG really well.
--- Nothing ;)
Well done Jose Miguel!

Like a suit of armor, this 'critters' pattern is amazing. Such awesome detail, gorgeous color, and perfect lighting. Well done!

Hello Jose Miguel,
Great shot with perfect exposure and focus!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and well seen

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-15 5:44]
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Hello José Miguel,
Fine macro of the nymph stage of a true bug (Hemiptera) nicely composed on a Pointsettia leaf. Good sharpness and detail. I'm afraid I can't be more specific in the ID. As Joe suggested, it could be the nymph of an Assasin bug, But I'm not sure.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-15 5:56]

Hi Jose.
I congratulate you on new piece of glass. Both you have done great job. I like this macro. It is composed so perfectly as your previous non macro pictures. Amazing scene, great DOF. Levels of blurriness of the various objects are wonderful. Lights and colours are rich and very pleasant. The bug is amazing and reproduced excellently. Use and get pleasure from you nice equipment. We join you. Bravo. Excellent done.

Wow..Ivan Id'ed it quite quickly . He is very good yes? It is a good shot. I appreciate much the lengthy notes of explanation. If I have ever seen this I think I should remember, but it is new to me as is most on that latitude. Very well done Jose.

Hello Jose
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,exposure and POV,Superb shot.


Hi Jose Miguel,
a very good close-up picture with fine details and lovely colours.
Well composed with good DOF, the insect standout well from the BG.
Well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-15 7:07]

Hola Jose Miguel. Bellos y contrastentes colores del insecto y los petalos de la flor.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-15 7:35]
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Hi Jose Miguel

I envy you so much for being able to use your new and great equipment these days. I'm stuck with work, cold and wet weather here :((
Nevermind that...This is a splendid macro and i see your already very accustomed to your new toys.
The details you managed to get on this little insect are terrific and the DOF that you used was excellent to get the entire bug and its long and impressive antennae in great focus. Well done!
The expsure is also spot-on and brings out the best of all the colors.
I can't help noticing you are using your tripod despite the fast shutter speed...i do too, as often as i can. I've noticed that even if you have a very fast shutter speed, it can happen that you get a blurry shot, a fact that was extreemly rare with my compact. So whenever i can, i will always shoot from a tripod :)

Cheers and TFS

Hello Jose,
You brought here very colourful young nymph. ( I agree with Ivan (Argus) and I'm also not sure the exact ID of this little fella. )
This is very excellent close-up shot, with superb details and very nice composition.
Also, lovely vivid colors here and well presented with nice focusing.
Beautiful and wonderful!
TFS and best wishes,

bonjour josé miguel
ho,les couleurs sont vraiment tres vives.
je ne connais pas l'identitémais ce que je peux dire c'est que l'image est net et plaisante a regarder.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-15 9:40]

Hello José,
Superb capture of this beautifully patterned bug on the Euphorbia pulcherrima, a pot plant you'll see in every window in Sweden at Christmas time. I've seen them in full size as shrubs on Tenerife. The interesting bug is very sharply in focus and I like its pose at the edge of the petal. A lovely composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-15 11:37]

Hola Jose,
the picture is well composed so that by the diagonal positioning optimal magnification of the bug is possible. This becomes also possible by the great depth of field, exact focusing and pretty good sharpness, altogether reulting in a high resolution allowing this magnification.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-15 11:41]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful macro, details are fantastic!
Very nice colors
also no idea about ID :(
great work

Hi Jose, splendid bug, I never see before, thanks, with wonderful colors, superb details, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-15 16:31]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Great shot!
Nice colors and composition!

hello jose,
wow, your garden must be offering a lot of opportunities to shoot, this macro has great sharpness, lovely colours and beautiful composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Jose,
Nice palette of colors and a well composed image.
Great POV, DOF, details, and exposure.
Well done & have a great weekend!

Dear José,
perfectly composed, full of motion, filled with light and tropical splendour. Exposure expertly handled in those hard contrasts between light and shadow. Powerfully contrasting colours that appear marvellously smooth here.
Our "cool" season has taken Vienna into its grip yesterday - with plenty of snow arriving overnight. Plains, hills, gardens, forests - everything deeply covered in white. Looks pretty, but it feels good to look into your colours.
Thank you! My best regards,

Buenos Dias Jose Miguel,
veo que valio la pena esperar por tu nueva camara. La foto Macro me parece extraordinaria, te felicito.
Una correcion, no es una flor lo que la mayor parte de la gente piensa que es lo rojo, no es la hoja de esta planta originaria de mexico, la hay tambien con hojas blancas y hoy en dia la encuentras en otras tonalidades gracias a las tareas ejecutds por los jardineros e insectos.
Sobre el insecto estoy en igual desconocimiento como tu.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-16 5:42]

Hi Jose,
Very beautiful looking bug, very colourful. Immaculate sharpness and I particularly like the shape of its body. Great light management and atop those red leaves it really stands out and looks majestic. Excellent POV to portray it and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 7:15]

Hello Jose Miguel, a fine macro it is ! Your lens did a very good job ! :-) Very sharp, great surroundings and a perfect exposure. Great colors too ! Well done,


Hi Jose

What a great set of colours and detail you have here Jose. I really like the composition and DOF, they work very well.


Hola José Miguel, te cuesta publicar eh??? jajaja Bueno, esto es libre y eso es lo interesante...
Una bonita especie bien encuadrada en la toma. Llamativos colores como es habitual en tí.
Algo justita de enfoque.
Un abrazo: José Ignacio

A very attractive image, stunning colours. Really well exposed and composed shot.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-16 19:20]

Hello Jose,
I would say that your lens worked quite well, excellent image all around, thanks for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-17 2:25]

Hi Jose Miguel, your new Cannon lens is doing a good job. This shot is nice and clear and sharp. With good light and great detail on this pretty little Bug. Wonderful array of colours and a nice composition. Congrats.

Hi Jose,
A beautiful capture of this true bug. Lovely composition and excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-17 4:39]

Hello Jose Miguel,
This Hemiptera nymph has a very interesting shape and placed itself so lovely on the red leaf. Best conditions (plus the skill of the photographer) to make a good picture. I like the diagonal presentation and the special lateral light. Well seen
Meilleures salutations

Hello Jose,

Beautiful composition. Great sharpness and vivid colours!
18 degrees C, here it is maximum 5 degrees C in the afternoon the last days.

Hello Jose,
Cold season you call it...:-)
Very colourful image. Like the natural light...

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-17 10:14]

Hola Jose Miguel
Si éste es un bicho asesino preferiría no encontrármelo en mi jardín, ¡a saber a quién es capaz de cargarse! Eso sí, curioso sí que es con esos colores y esas antenas. Debo decir que tu nueva macro funciona genial. La imagen queda preciosa con el rojo intenso de las hojas de euphorbia. Una preciosidad!
Felicidades y muchas gracias
Un fuerte abrazo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 10:43]

Hi Jose Miguel

It is a fine looking bug. Wonderful macro work and nice sharp details. Nicely composed and lovely colours



A superb close up, detail and exposure are on the money!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-17 23:11]

Hi Jose Miguel,
Focus, sharpness, colors, contrast and composition are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Jose Miguel !
I really like this picture, for in France the weather is grey and rainy, and I depserately need some colors ! :-) I like all these vivid colors in your picture. Sharpness, details, composition, POV, everything is excellent. And the whole insect is in focus, it is very well done. Congratulations !

Hola José Miguel,
Siempre es un placer visitar tu galería, que está llena de bellas imágenes llenas de luz y color, además de una cuidada composición, gracias por compartirla. Siento no poder ayudarte en la clasificación de esta bonita ninfa de chinche. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 16:47]

Hello Jose Miguel

A beautiful and vibrantly coloured image of this beetle.
The focus is spot on with wonderful sharp details.
The lighting is well utilized and the colours are vivid and well saturated.
Excellent POV and DOF.


This is by far the best bug shot I have ever seen on TN, JM.
What fantastic composition with the insect sitting on a red leaf!
The sharpness is phenomenal and the colours and details on the subject par excellence.
TFS and regards.


Hi dear Jose , my friend

Great work with excellent details.
amazing colours and nice sharpness.
thanks for sharing this nice shot

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-19 16:56]

Saludos amigo, estimulante y placentera toma, me sorprende gratamente la viveza de los colores, sugestivo pasatiempo. Sira

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-19 21:55]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Just passing to congratulate you for this nice
capture, since I don't have much time I'll comeback
later with a proper critique..


Interesting perspective you have chosen here. Excellent POV, good quality and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-20 13:36]

selam jose;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent macro shot of this bug well done.
TFS ridvan

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-20 21:20]

Hi Jose

Great detail and colour here. The composition is really good too.


Hello Jose Miguel!
Excellent fine details on this Bug! Excellent light managing without overexposed spots against sunlight! EXCELLENT JOB my friend!
Best regards from Québec,


I used to have that lens and it does pretty well. Great capture and good composition. I like the red in the flower and the DOF is very nice. Ver good details on the insect.

Hello Jose, a superb composition and perfect dof I love the pov and light was optimal. nice work tfs rgds Necip

Hi Jose,

What an interesting insect, I never seen this one before. And I like the way you've captured it.
Beautiful bright colours, good sharpness, POV, focus, details and composition.

Greetings, Nel

Hola Jose. Abeautiful macro. The clarity and colours are excellent. Also the red background helps emphasise the subject well. TFS. Murray.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-24 2:55]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Magnificent close up.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi JM,

Fantastic picture of this fantastic looking insect. Great detail with nice natural colours and great light...good composition too.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-29 14:39]

Hi Jose,
Excellent capture. Nice colour and BG, Perfect exposure, focus and sharpness,

Hola amigo.
Esta imagen no la había visitado.
Bellos colores y "elegante insecto", preciosos contrastes y colores bien saturados.
Saludos y gracias por compartir tus imágenes, JL.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-09 6:58]

selam Jose Miguel
wonderful close-up working on this beautiful and interesting bug
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

Hola José Miguel,
Una hermosísima foto, a pesar que las chinches son algo repulsivas. Muy bonito el colorido de las hojas junto a las formas y colorido de la ninfa. Un fotón

Hello JM,
Seems like this guy appraciates the shining red flower!
And they both look great, the close-up of the insect shows in fine details how this fellow was created...
Good point of view and a fine composition!
Pablo -

Hi Jose Miguel,
Wonderful shot of very colourful larva of Hemiptera bug (it is a pitty that species ID could not be given). I like natural but really nice composition and details. Colours are very vivid and note educational and informativa.
Have a nice Sunday and Merry Christmas!!!

Hola Jose Miguel.

Excelente imagen en color y detalles.
Te deseo lo mejor para el año proximo con salud y buenas fotos.

JOse Luis.

Voilà une charmante punaise bien colorée.
Bonne journée.

Excellent shot. Well composed image. The subject is sharp all over. The bold colours make it exciting. You did well using a tripod. Interesting note too.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 1:01]

Hello Jose,
a very stunning shot of the hemiptera. Great sharpness and wonderful in clarity.
The leaves also complement the stunning shot. Great composition and pleasant to look at.
Excellent shot.


Hi JM,
It seems that I have missed this one, shame on me! :) What attired my attention in the first place, are those strong and beautiful colors. Contrast is very nice and creates interesting effect. This is a cute insect that you captured with good details. We have similar specie here as well. Thanks also for those interesting notes. I don’t have a decent macro lens :( Greetings,

Hallo Jose
Since you do not have any new postings I'll have to reverd to one of the older ones posted before I was a member of the site. A lovely macro from your lens. What a delight to look at such a beautiful shot, filled with lovely colours. The details captured is great and pleasant to look at and admire. The striking red leaf is very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing this pretty image. Best regards

Hi Jose Miguel .

Very nice delivery from your garden. Very well exposed image and you have focused it so well with pleasing thin DoF.

Great image with fine pov. Thanks for sharing and best regards,

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