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Cotton Stainer

Cotton Stainer
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-12 7:01
Viewed: 1463
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today was my second day of insect hunting on school campus. It is still very hot here, so I sweated it out on a partially cloudy afternoon and captured some insects. Here is one of them that falls in the family of Cotton Stainers.

Pyrrhocoridae is a family of insects with more than 300 species world-wide. A common species in parts of Europe is the firebug. They are part of the order Hemiptera which are also known as the 'true bugs'. A few are important crop pests. They are called cotton stainers because their red bodies get crushed along with the cotton they eat when it is harvested, and these stains are difficult to remove. Their feeding mechanism also cuts the fibres and hence affects the growth of the cotton ball. They caused massive problems in the United States during the industrial revolution.


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Hello Ram
Excellent photo, good depth of field, focus and detail. nice background. Good combination of interesting plant and insect.
regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-12 10:02]

Hi Ram,
Great image of a beautiful bug with
very good composition,amazing natural colors and sharpness details. Perfect blurred background.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ram
照的清晰 很漂亮色彩的甲蟲
非常鮮豔 花朵也襯托的很美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-12 10:41]

Beautiful pest! Excellent capture with finest details and colors.



Ciao Ram. Beautiful colours indeed. Excellent details against the blurred Bg. Intrigant vertical.


Ciao Ram, great macro of lovely beetle with fantastic colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-12 15:07]

Hi Ram,perfect capture of this beetle,the details are really fantastic,not easy!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-12 19:46]

Hello Ram,
I must say your Nikon D200 and Sigma macro lens does an awesome job on these close-up images. This particular shot is simply stunning to view!!! The focus is tac sharp and colors are well saturated yet natural looking. I would be thrilled to capture such an outstanding photo!!
This particular insect remind me of our Large Milkweed Bugs. The colors are a bit different, but the body features are almost identical. Great work!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-13 0:44]

Hello Ram,
Exceptional quality in this amazing macro. Sharpness, details, DOF and composition are marvellous. The colours are splendid, the bug in great clarity and a fantastic blurred background. A beauty!

nice diagonal composition, TFS Ori

Hi Ram,
Great macro of this beautiful three colored bug! Everything is perfect: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, details, natural coloration, and BG. Very well done, and thanks. Have a nice evening!

Great macro Ram! Interesting subject, excellent composition, nice BG and wonderful colours. The sharpness and the DOF are impressive!

Hello Ram,
Once again a wonderful image taken from a very good angle and POV. Outstanding colors and perfect details.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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