Shieldbug in the pink

Lord VetinariLord Vetinari SmugbugPosts: 15,413Registered Users Major grins

Gorse shieldbug feeding on some sugar/honey syrup on a camellia flower. 5Dmk2/MPE-65/430Ex flash, all focus stacked using zerene.

Brian V.

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,431Super Moderators moderator

    These are all beautiful! The last shot is my favorite - I feel like the bug is looking at me.

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,075Registered Users Major grins

    Love the colors in the first shot but they are all amazing. If it's eyes are where I think they are, my first thought was that they bulge out without protection - my ignorance of insect anatomy.

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 242Registered Users Major grins

    Stunning shots, Brian. I agree with @Cavalier on the colors of the first image, very well balanced and smooth. On numbers #2 and #3, there might be a little too much greenish distraction on the right to fully enjoy the otherwise great details of the bug.

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  • Lord VetinariLord Vetinari Smugbug Posts: 15,413Registered Users Major grins

    @denisegoldberg said:
    These are all beautiful! The last shot is my favorite - I feel like the bug is looking at me.

    @Cavalier said:
    Love the colors in the first shot but they are all amazing. If it's eyes are where I think they are, my first thought was that they bulge out without protection - my ignorance of insect anatomy.

    @kurzvorzwoelf said:
    Stunning shots, Brian. I agree with @Cavalier on the colors of the first image, very well balanced and smooth. On numbers #2 and #3, there might be a little too much greenish distraction on the right to fully enjoy the otherwise great details of the bug.

    Thanks all for the comments - appreciated :)

    Jo the main compound eyes are the ones on the side of the head - they are slightly protected by the line of the body. There is another pair of eyes, the ocelli, which are the red dots on top of the head - these are simple eyes.

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