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Two lovers...one watching!

Two lovers...one watching!
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/105 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-03 11:06
Viewed: 6458
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My hobby are butterflies and odonatas...but this "three afair" catch may atention.
So, I think the "yellow" one is asking for itself: "When is my turn? Can you hurry up?"

This insect is Eurydema oleraceum (Linnaeus, 1758).
Known as "Cabbage bug" in english.

The adult can reach 5-7 mm long with black head and body black with bluish or greenish metallic sheen.
The head and pronotum are yellow bordered and dorsally with yellowish or reddish spots.

The eggs are small barrel-shape with 2 flattened poles, yellow greenish in colour and operculum uniformly whitish.

The nymph is black after hatching and during the first instar. After each moult the nymphal instars resemble the adult with yellowish or reddish spots becoming more evident.

The host plants are cultivated or wild cabbages (Cruciferae) and, less frequent, some gramineous and potato plants.

The adult life span of a few months. Fecundity 50-80 eggs during 5-7 oviposition periods.

The eggs incubation period about 15 days. Eggs are laid on the underside of cabbage leaves in two rows of 8-12 eggs at each oviposition. These ovipositions can be repeated 5-7 times during the female's life.

The nymph from the egg hatch to the adult emergence takes 4-5 weeks and includes 4-5 moults.

They have two generations per year with the first generation of adults in June or July and the second from the end of August to October.

Adults hibernate on the soil under stones or old leaves and in cracks or crevices in the soil and on trees. Adult activity starts as soon as temperatures rise. They mate and oviposition takes place 2-4 weeks later.

These insects by sucking sap from leaves causes damaged areas to become yellowish. Severe attacks can cause all leaves and pods to turn yellow and may lead to the death of young plants.

(I wish to thanks to Peter Roos (batu) for the useful help on ID).

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Hi Paulo, funny pose, we can think a lot of things....


hi Paulo,

very nice image, with a very nice POV... and very funny subject...
i think he or she will wait some more time :)


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-03 12:42]
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Hallo Paulo,
well captured - these three bugs.
The species is
-- Eurydema oleraceum -- (family Pentatomidae).
Among the recent postings, there is a nice picture of another Eurydema species (ornatum) presented by Filipe 'firelord'.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-03 12:46]
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Oh ! Deux coquins et un voyeur donc ;-) Il amusant ce cliché comme le titre. J'aurai cadré plus serré peut-être...
Well seen and well done, bravo my friend and TFS !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-03 14:02]
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Very good capture, Paolo.
The timing in this picture is almost everything. You really caught an interesting moment. Bravo!
Otherwise, very good macro, lovely colors and POV.
Well done

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-03 14:11]
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Hi Paulo,
Great moment you have captured. Very good details, pov, compo. color and sharpness.
TFS, José M.
PS. This is a more ordered way to matting that the one I posted :-)

Hi Paulo ! What an excellent shot ! I love these bugs, their markings remind me of some african masks. Excellent timing, beautiful colors and great POV. Funny title also, I love it ! :-) Very well done !

Ciao Paulo, fotografia molto bella, un po' sovraesposta.


Great capture Paulo,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-03 18:04]
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Hi Paulo,
Great close-up. Excellent details well exposed colours with good lighting. Very well done and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-03 18:12]
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Hi paulo

two's company three's a crowd. Nice capture of these cabbage bugs. Very good colour.Very good sharpness and detail ,nice composition.TFS


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-04 4:27]
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hi Paulo,
Very good picture of these bugs.
Very nice color and BG


Hi Paulo,
hahaha, this is wonderful,
what a nice arrangement.
Very sharp and lovely, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ay-yay-yay, school teacher! :)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-04 19:33]
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Hi Paulo
Well seen and captured. Good colours, sharpnes, light , DOF and POV. Also good note.
well done Paul


Hi Paulo,
Interesting composition, with good detail, color and exposed well. Nice to see the the color variations of the insect in this shot as well.
Well done and Thank You!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-05 14:21]
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Hello Paulo,
great shot, very nice POV to enjoy all the details of these bugs. Sharpness and exposure is very good.


Great subject choice! I like your POV, Sharpness and composition. TFS,

Hi Paulo,
An excellent macro! Very nice saturated colors and sharp detail in this spot on exposure. I really like the pattern and intricate detail in these Cabbage bugs. Well done!

Hi Paulo,
is a nice and funny picture. You captured a nice action.
Nice to see different colours of the same species.
Lovely colours, good details and POV.
Well done, my friend.

Great macro Paulo. Excellent composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hello Paulo!
Very interesting scene! Look at that back legs up! i have no idea with the third one! Framing, pov, interesting bg all are very nice.
Thank you!

Very funny, nice capture.



Hi Paulo,

Well done on this capture and composition.


Wow! I have'nt seen anything like it before,excellent composition, colours and what an arrangement...
Well taken....

wow! a "voyeur" bug!
great capture ,Paulo ,the leaf is a little overexposed but the composition is perfect!
congrats and TFS

The composition on this one is excellent.
Estou convencido de que ista femia lle gostan os machos, canto mais vermellos millor :)
A textura da folla e moi estranha, utilizaches o NeatImage ou algun soft para evitar o ruido?
Saudos e obrigado por compartir.

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-07-20 10:58]

Hi Paulo
Every shot of you is something magic.
Seeing your job I am thinking that you take all the insects with your hand you place them where you like and you shot them.
So beautiful they are
Thanks again for seeing my job and see you

Hi Paulo,
lovely coincidence, very appealing straight composition.
The pale leaf looks very good against the strong markings and colours of bugs, but I might have slightly increased saturation of colours all over the image.
Great picture!
Thank you, and best regards,

Funny scene. Brilliant colors. proper DOF. More cropping would have been a little beter, but I'm under the impression that the pic is not detailed enough for that.

bonsoir PAULO
très belle réalisation, jolies couleurs,photo vraiment super jolie
bravo amitiès

Hi Paulo,
Well observed of this uncommon scene. Also a new subject for you. Very well done.

Olá a perturbar os pobres bichinhos .....
Gosto das cores e luz! São tão pequenos e aqui parecem enormes! Fica bem Ana:)

Olá Paulo,
Não consigo resistir à tentação de comentar que isto me faz lembrar os namoros à moda antiga em que o irmão ou irmã mais novo/a era sempre enviado para acompanhar o jovem casal de namorados afim de não haver qualquer possibilidade...e quando se casavam...o descendente já ía na barriguinha :D

Fabulosa apresentação com detalhe, cores e nitidez impecáveis.
Obrigada por compartilhar.

Hi Paulo!
You are right, both picture and the title pay attention! :) And that is really good!
I like a lot the way you presented this funny situation (or maybe not funny, especially for the 3rd one ;>).
Very nice colours, details and note!
TFS and have a very nice evening!
Greetings from Poland,

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