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Carnivorous sheild bug (for Paul)

Carnivorous sheild bug        (for Paul)
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-08 3:54
Viewed: 8116
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Until recently,I believed that everything that looked like a sheild bug was a sap sucker.
Then I found this little guy!
This is a Brown Soldier Bug, Cermatulis nasalis [Family:Pentatomidae]
It is native to New Zealand,and found up to 2,000 metres in the North Island,and 1,200 metres in the South.
It is common in October,and again in February and March.
It feeds by impaling caterpillars and sucking out the juices.
Here it can be seen on Koromiko,a native New Zealand Hebe.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To netfalls: I think so too...LordPotty 1 03-08 14:28
To Fisher: camera shyLordPotty 1 03-08 14:24
To cafecrem: more white flowers for you...LordPotty 3 03-08 07:47
To red45: He's got oneLordPotty 2 03-08 04:24
To red45: CaterpillarJanice 3 03-08 04:20
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-08 4:00]

Very nice sheild bug macro with flowers.
Thanks for note and photo.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-03-08 4:08]
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Wow, real Predator, don't you think Steve ;-) ? Try to follow him and capture when he will find one of those lausy caterpillars and suck it to the death :-) Erm...I know Janice! Too much aggresion, go and wash some dishes Greg :-)))

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-08 4:17]

Very nice capture Steve and thanks for thinking of me! I love bugs like this and I can't wait for them to return in spring. Very nice shot, especially of it feeding. Good work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-08 4:21]

Nice fellow Steve. Just like our horrible green shield beetles that eat our veges in the garden. Is that a caterpillar he's impaled? Yuk! Very good shot. TFS.

Hay Steve!
Great white flowers! I miss flowers so much!!!!!!!!!!
I need flowers, summer and sun!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-08 6:27]

Great and dramatic scene you captured Steve! Very good! Well done & TFS!

Excelent capture, Steve. Well done on this composition.
Would have been nice to have seen this closeup.


Technical quality:***
Wow factor:***

Good shot, very good POV, a bit closer could have been good.
Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-08 13:23]

Interesting shot, well captured of "life cycle", Ummm.. not sure if I should said Yuk or yum for the feeding, :P Nice sharpness. Well done.

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