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|Dionconotus neglectus (Fabricius, 1798)|
Dionconotus neglectus is a very common black red hetroptera bug 7-9mm of Cretan fauna. It is a plant feeding insect, feeding on plant sap of leaves and pollen. Sucking pollen causes damage on fruit production in certain cases. It sucks usually leaves of graminae weeds ans other annual wild plants but I saw it to suck leek leaves. Sucking on leaves of leeks cause whitish spots resulted in decrease of commercial value. I post a leek leaf with whitish spots taken with my old compact camera Olympus FE-170 in 2012.
The eggs are subjected to embryonic diapause during spring, summer and fall.The larvae hatch following the first rains around October to January. Completion of the development takes 5-6 weeks. Date of appearance of larvae, after the first rains respectively timed their hosts appearance.
The combination of dark red and black color it is a sign of poisonous insect in order to avoid natural enemies.
It is active during the day after sunrise and it has an escape behavior overall defense aviation (adults) or falling to the ground and simulated the dead.
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Lovely macro capture, Nikos.
I like the rich colours on the Beetle.
- [2015-03-21 6:26]
a very beautiful capture red bug..thanks..
nice bug to see with the red colour
thanks gr lou
- [2015-03-21 12:24]
Hi Nikos,interesting bug in a very nice composition,but the dot of fire is on the petals,and the bug details are not perfect,very bright colors.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
- [2015-04-17 13:17]
Hello Nikos! Perfect macro. Amazing colours. Good contrast and sharpness. Superb exposure and capture. Interesting note. Well done!