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Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-02-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Mike's Macro Lens System, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/280 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 8:00
Viewed: 4237
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this Bug, which belongs to the Coreidae family, it's a western conifer seed bug, yesterday and decided to use my Fuji S5000 with the MMLS for this one.
I took a number of shots and liked this one. Not everyone's favorite POV, however, the markings were interesting and is what I wanted to show.
No, it's not centered, it's an illusion. :) :)

Post pro in CS2
Thanks to Paul for leading me on a route to Shield bugs.
The closest one I found was a female on the internet, this may be the male. Her markings were very similar yet she was greyish in color. My Guide for North American insects is
This site will help those who are in the U.S. or Canada to I.D. Insects of all kinds.
Coreidae family, Leptoglossus Occidentalis
These were introduced from China.
Here's the fact sheet,
This fellow has expanded quite significantly.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-31 8:12]

Hello Mike!
Very nice close up.Lighting,POV,details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-10-31 9:13]

Hi Mike, nice shot. The details are pretty good and the DOF is in the right place. It isn't a longhorn beetle I'm afraid, it's a shieldbug Order: Hemiptera, suborder: Heteroptera.

Can't be specific on the ID.

Nice one.

A bug!!!!

You found a bug, (and in the frozen tundra of the north!) With winter at our doorstep, I thought I would try it on...

Good eye Mike, I am so happy for you to have this find. I have heard that bug withdrawal is not pleasant, and you are in for the long haul.

Good news is, that recently I heard that there is such a thing as snow mites. Good luck :-)

Nice macro shot of this creature.

Details are interesting, and composition is well done.

Great job, thank you.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-31 11:20]

Good Mike's system and very good macro. I like the colours and sharpness. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Yep "Mikes macro lens system" takes some beating. Very nice macro Mike with good light and nice sharp details on upper body. Very well done.

Great macro Mike. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details Very good job. WEll done.

Good capture Mike,
It's nice to see the return of the fuji and MMLS.
Good colour, detail and sharpness.
Well composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting.

Great macro Mike. Excellent detail seen in the head & upper body. This POV works well showing the top of the insect and its markings nicely. Well done and Thank You my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-01 11:28]

Hi Mike!

Good macro of this well painted bug. Composition isn't bad, nice details and pastel colours.

Nice macro work, love the fine detail.


Hi Mike,
Nice shieldbug you have caught. Looking in you archives already, the MMLS worked very nice for this one.
Good details, nice colours and good DOF.
Very well done, my friend.

Hi Mike! Wonderful colour and great shot! Been awhile since I've seen your hairy little legs!! Interesting how rough and scaly the exoskeleton is. Is this a bug which does much tree damage? Wood detail is terrific, too! Well done, Linda

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

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