Shieldbugs young and old

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All taken over the past month or so using D300 + 60mm AF-S in various locations around London

Hawthorn Shieldbug - Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale nymph

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Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina nymph

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A younger Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina nymph

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Forest Shieldbug - Pentatoma rufipes nymph

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Forest Shieldbug - Pentatoma rufipes adult

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Dock Bug - Coreus marginatus adult

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very very cool! I absolutely love the details on these bugs, very alien looking!

I have a couple of pictures I shot of two types of these bugs, but it was with a point & shoot... maybe you can identify them for me...

This one I took in Santorini....
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This one I took in Mykonos...
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I hope I am not thread jacking, but it would be cool to Identify these bugs.
 
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Nice work, the forest shieldbug is amazingly crisp. Did you use flash for any of these?

Jose: Maybe it's time you invested in a macro lens to get some closer shots. Or perhaps you could reverse your 50mm.
 
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Thank you Jose. Your second picture is the Fire Bug, the first I wouldn't like to say. The nymphs and even the various stages of the nymphs are all so different from the adults it can be hard to identify them.
Thank you Robert. I just used the pop-up flash for these. Still need to get that speedlight especially now that the SB800 is being discontinued!
Thanks Gregory and Rich. These range from a few millimeters for the Hawthorn nypmh to maybe 2cm for the Dock bug. Since noticing one of these a few months ago I'm seeing them everywhere I go now.
 
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thank you for your reply... The first bug looks like a devil or has a skull on its back, its the most intriguing, thats why I asked you, you seemed to have good knowledge of these bugs.

I'm not sure what you mean by "the first I wouldn't like to say". Perhaps you can PM me
 
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Thank you Spectre

Jose, all I mean by 'I wouldn't like to say' is that I don't know :smile:
 
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oh, ok. Well anyway, again I think your photos are great, As soon as I can get either extention tubes or a macro lens, I will do some bug hunting!
Thanks Jose - I look forward to seeing the results.
 
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Excellent shots Counter, very sharp. But how did you diffuse the pop up flash? I sometime tape the SB8oo diffuser over my pop up, but that is not a great way to do it. I currently m using a piece of milk jug on my 60mm and plan to order Duncan's suggested fold up diffuser.
 
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Thank you Torben, Tom and Lee. Torben I sometimes walk through the Woods looking under every leaf! Tom, I don't diffuse the flash, I use the pop-up it as is - I'd like to be able to diffuse it a little but am yet to come up with anything satisfactory. I was very close to getting an SB-800 because of all the add-on options for diffusion but have been thrown off by the arrival of the SB-900 and am waiting to see what happenes with prices.
 

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