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Shield Bug?

Shield Bug?
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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: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-18 11:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 55
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I shot this bug in Shimla hills, India, during the rainy season. There were plenty of them on a cluster of leafy weed and most of them were mating. This fellow, by chance, was not ‘engaged’ at the moment I shot it.
My search has led me to believe it is a Shiled or Stink Bug. However, I may be wrong. Any help in narrowing down its exact identity would be welcome.

Shield bug and Stink bug are common names applied to various insects of the Hemiptera order (the "true bugs"), in the Heteroptera suborder. Shield bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly. The stink comes from aldehydes such as CH3 − (CH2)2 − CH = CH − CHO, and is chemically similar to pheromones. The nymphs are similar to adults, except smaller and without wings, the nymphs also have stink glands.
The nymphs and adults have piercing mouthparts which most use to suck sap from plants, although some eat other insects. When they group in large numbers they can become significant pests.
The superfamily Pentatomoidea consists of generally shield-shaped true bugs.
Other species that resemble shield bugs are found in the Coreoidea superfamily.

Source: Wikipedia


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Hi Ram,
Beautiful picture, i like the composition and the colors. The pattren on the wings looks a sheild of a warrior from middle ages :-).
Goutham R

Hello Ram,
Elle est sublime cette photo.
L'insecte est bien mis en valeur, quelle belle symétrie, les deux points noirs et les dessins sur le corps.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-18 11:59]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful close-up shot of this bug.
It does really look like a shield on its back.
Great work.Regards.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-18 12:00]

Hello Ram,
nice point of view and capture of this colourful bug. Sharpness, particularly on the head, could be a little higher. Superb natural colours.
Best wishes, Peter

Agradable composición de colores, los del insecto, la hoja y el fondo oscuro.
Muy buena captura Ram.
Saludos, JL.

What a great POV of this pretty bug, Ram. : )
The light seems a bit bright,
causing the colors to look washed out.
I tried a workshop to practice my PP skills.
Hope you don't mind.
TFS. : )

bonsoir RAM
tres jolie photo, netteté parfait, bon BG, les couleurs de cet insecte sont superbes et origininales
bravo merci

Hi Ram,
Nice bug...great colours.
Good macro.

bonjour ram
je ne sais pas si les couleurs sont bien ou pas sur cette photo ou mieux sur le WS de manyee car je ne suis pas chez moi est l'ecran ne rend pas pareil.part contre la netteté est bonne et le fond bien flou.

Hi Ram,

Exellent shot
Great POF ,sharpness and details
good note
i think Manyee has done a great job in the workshop

TFS Thijs

What a shot! Great colours, composition and clarity.

Love this picture a lot. Great detail on the bug and wonderful green and red contrast.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-18 14:13]

Hi Ram,
It looks really a little bit like the shieldbugs we have here. This bug has a very nice colour and funny black spots. Like an uniforme!
I wonder if somebody can identify it.
Nice evening

Hi dear Ram,
Great macro with beautiful POV. colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS.


nice shot,
the green bg works perfectly in contrast with the insect,
excellent sharpness , details captured very well,
nice dof, good pov, composed well,
well done,
tfs & best wishes,

Hi Ram,
Beautiful capture!
The contrasting colours are very nice, and the detail is superb, great composition.
Very well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-19 4:03]

Maravillosa macro Ram, excelentes detalles y buena compo, y pov. muchos saludos, Victor

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-19 4:56]

Excellent composition and details are good.Nice POV.TFS!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-19 5:43]

Hi Ram

A very good macro of this shield bug!
The POV and DOF are great and the details very nice and clear.
The two little spots on its back look really nice and the colors of both the bug and its environment are very beautiful

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ram
Beautiful sharp photo of Heteroptera bug. good composition and sharpnes.
Best wishes
Have a nice day

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-19 8:22]

Hello Ram,
Very nice close up.Well caught,framed and composed.Colors,POV,DOF you managed are also wonderful.

Hi friend,
superb light and sharpness! Beautiful point of view and excellent composition in particular of the different kinds of green! A very nice picture in general!
Take care Ana:)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-11-19 20:18]

Hello Ram,
To me it looks more like a shield bug.
Very nice composition and colours.
Best greetings,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-20 14:02]

Good macro Ram with accurate DOF and POV.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, background, notes and workshop of Manyee.

I like it: colors, framing.

I don't like it: nothing.

Nice shot, personally I had preferred a framing with the insect more below... but it is only my point of view.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-20 16:01]

Hi Ram,
What a beautiful bug! Great details, colors, composition and note. I like to see a chemical compound. See
here for a 3D model that can moved with the mouse.
Best regard, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-21 22:02]

Hi Ram,
great shot, love the POV and DOF. This little bug stands out well from the BG. Lovely colors and such nice sharp details. Excellent compo.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-18 10:19]

Hello Ram,

Excellent picture of this little hemiptera... Good details and the colors looks very natural to me... The green enhances so much the insect too. Nice shot and TFS,


Hello Ram,
This shot, among the many many photos in your gallery, really
stands out! I think it must be the eyes. ;)

Great detail, DoF, good control of glare on the hard shell wings. No overdone colours here..., unlike the WS. Tfs, J.

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