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Closterotomus biclavatus

Closterotomus biclavatus
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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: 2008-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-19 23:58
Viewed: 3781
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little known backyard bugs:

The 7 mm long plant bug (Heteroptera; Miridae; Closterotomus biclavatus (Herrich-Schaeffer 1835) =Calocoris biclavatus; Zweikeulen- Weichwanze) is a real beauty, not rare at all but it may be easily overlooked. The species can be found from Northern Europe to the Northern Mediterranean and from Western Europe to Middle Asia . It lives on various dwarf bushes, trees but also Urtica like on this image and is zoo-phytophagous, sucking at plant parts or on aphids.

The title "Hook'em Horns" came to me with the bug's antennae like Longhorn beetles have, the citation has to do with American Football, Texans will know >:-)

ID: I used the fantastic book of E. Wachmann et al. 2004. Wanzen Bd. 2. Goecke& Evers, Keltern, Germany that not only depicts all species but also is the hell of a lesson in macro photography. The species (I think its a "first" on TN) looks similar to Closterotomus fulvomaculatus but the antennae are different (no clublike segments like in C. biclavatus). A third species, C. norwegicus is yellow and green colored (Silvio mounted a picture of one).

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beautiful plant bug and useful description. thank you for sharing. nice photography

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-10-20 1:08]

Hi Dietrich,
Successful composition of insect macro ...
Very beautiful color and detail.
Antennae very long, should be an interesting insect.
Best wishes,

Excellent close up, beautifull colors and light, sharp details, great BG,
TFS, best regards,

Hi Dietrich

Good composition of this bug, I like the big red eyes.
Great sharpness and details.
Another fine example of your backyard fauna


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-10-20 7:22]

Hello Dietrich,
It's excellent close up. Perfectly visible details, very good colours. Long horns look very impressive on dark green BG.
Congratulations, Pawel

hello Dietrich
great sharpness composition
very good details and beautiful light
great and nice shot
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-20 8:56]

very nice macro of this Insect!

Hi Dietrich

"Hook'em Horns"...University of Texas Longhorns...Rated #3 in College Football at the moment...

Nice capture of the bug...A fine macro...TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-20 12:30]

Hi Dietrich,
A superb macro of this little plant bug.
Very detailed with great clarity.
Excellent lighting.
Nice colours too.

Well done,


Hi Dietrich,

Awesome macro capture of a heteropteran beauty on a leaf against to blurred green BG from top POV with impeccable detail and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!

Ps. Also thank for your saluting my 501th post:>

Hello Herman,

a good pov, composition and dof with exellent details.
Fine colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-22 9:37]

Hi Dietrich.
Perfectly composed shot of a beautiful specimen of a beetle. Details and sharpness of the insect and leaf are extreme. I also like impressive X-composition of a shot. Excellent use (as always) of superb macro equipment. Bravo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-04 8:34]

Hello Meyerd,
This is a great macro of this tiny bug showing excellent details and colours. The antennae are really beautiful! A very nice composition too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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