E.J.Wilkins

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Bug nymphs

These are mature nymphs of Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes, photographed amongst the developing seeds of a Maple on Southampton Common on 22nd June 2006. They were identified for me from this picture by Phil Budd of Southampton Natural History Society.

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Bug nymphs

These are mature nymphs of Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes, photographed amongst the developing seeds of a Maple on Southampton Common on 22nd June 2006. They were identified for me from this picture by Phil Budd of Southampton Natural History Society.

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comments (21)

  • Mal
  • 4 Jan 2007, 00:39
Amazing detail that you have captured here El! They look like some prehistoric left over. Great work! Mal
EJWilkins: Thanks Mal, they do look dinosaur-ish now you mention it.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2007, 00:58
My first eraction was what is that and for me that's what photogarphy is all about, well done El.
EJWilkins: That's exactly what I thought when I saw these little creatures, I'd never seen anything like them before, so I took a picture with the hope of identifying them, and I did smile
You'll have to decide what you'd like to see/where you'd like to go when you come down here. These were on the Common, in the middle of Southampton, and next to the Old Cemetery. You could easily spend a day there, and not see any of the Forest.
  • Rhoda
  • 4 Jan 2007, 01:23
Very nice shot, Ellie. My first impression was similar to Mal's... prehistoric bugs! And I agree with Janelle...nymph seems a bit of a misnomer.
EJWilkins: Ho Rhoda, I think it's just the term used for the larval stages of these insects. I don't know who, or why, it was chosen. They do look like something that could have been around with the dinosaurs wink Glad you like the picture.
Very well taken foto Ellie...
I just don't understand how you guyz r so good at taking insects. I guess it just shows that your photo-taking skills are unreal. Keep up the outstanding standard of photos.
Ogonna
EJWilkins: Hi Ogonna. Thank you for your fabulous comment. smile There's no secret to taking this picture, I just pointed the camera at them and clicked the shutter. I'd only had the camera a few weeks and it was always set on 'auto'. This was using the macro setting.
Nice, nice. It even seems like the bugs are darker parts of the bunch... very interesting picture.
EJWilkins: You're right Samira, the bugs were tucked away right at the centre of the bunch of growing seeds. It's something I'd never seen before, but I hope I manage to see some again this summer. smile
I like the sharpness on the bug here. Gives a Sci-Fi movie feel to the pic grin
EJWilkins: Thanks Thomas. Sometimes I think there's nothing 'man' can imagine, especially when nature creates something as unusual as this.
  • shiv
  • India
  • 4 Jan 2007, 05:53
wonderful macro with spectacular detail....! fabulous...
EJWilkins: Thanks for your lovely comment Shiv. smile
Very good departure from your usual work Ellie, well executed shot. I may have been tempted to shift the focus point to the front and fade the DOF out to the back, but that is just me, the photo works very well as it is. Nice bit of research as well. Warm wishes, Neil.
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, this is the sort of thing I bought the camera for wink These little buglets (they've got a stage to go through before they become adults) were about 3mm long, the sycamore seeds about a centimetre long, and above head height. I pointed the camera at them and pressed the button. Next summer, with a bit of luck, I'll find some more and will get a better picture. I might even work out a way of making them stay still. wink
  • Frank
  • 4 Jan 2007, 08:58
Very nice picture of creepy things. I like the colors and the composition very much.
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Frank. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2007, 11:00
A very nice picture of the mature nymphs of Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes (if it was not for cut and paste) smile

As you can see your leading bugs are not in focus. What you should do with a close-up in this situation is to take the photo from the side (right hand side in this case) so that the bugs are all the same distance but spread like in a team photo from left to right. All should be in focus. But given reality restrictions, that may not have been possible.
EJWilkins: Hi Louis, they were about 3mm long and above head height. I'd only had the camera a few weeks, so it was a case of point and click. Hopefully this summer I'll find some more and will do much better, bearing in mind very welcome advice. smile I might also find a way of making them stay still. Thanks a million. smile
very good closeup
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
  • Sola
  • The Shires of Nottingham
  • 4 Jan 2007, 12:39
Nice Macro work Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks for dropping by Sola, I really appreciate your comment. smile
its a bugs life. nice close up
john
EJWilkins: True! And these little bugs seemed very happy. smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 4 Jan 2007, 16:29
As far as I'm concerned, Ms. Ellie, forget what anyone else says about lining up and getting all the bugs in focus, THIS IS A SUPERB PIC! PERIOD! (Attested to by one abd all!) And it took you 6+ months to post it?????
EJWilkins: Six months? smile That's what happens when you start sorting through 'old' pictures to put them onto a disc! I've got loads and loads from just after I got the camera, some of them will be aired over the next few weeks, mixed in with any new ones I'm able to take .. weather willing, it's simply too dark during the day at the moment, and I can't "do a Mal" and get creative.
I've mumbled on to Neil and Louis about this picture, and the size and position of these little bugs. It would be wonderful if they were all in focus, but when you 'point and click' this is what you get. Next summer might bring a completely different image, with the benefit of experience and maybe even a new camera.
I like the little red detail in top of the pic, and the bug climbing against upper right corner. Cropping out some of the lighter parts would make this a three coulor pic, Green and black with a dash of red - I'm not sure if it works, just a thought :o) Second insect shot I've seen today :o)
EJWilkins: Hi Aksel. The little red patch was where the bugs had eaten a wing of one of the seeds, some sort of reaction by the plant. I think the crop you've suggested would work, I'll try it out when I've got a spare moment, thanks. smile
A very nice detailed macro... impressive work !
EJWilkins: Wow, thanks Florence
By the way... it's your birthday soon ? 96 pictures...!!!
EJWilkins: Yikes! That's come round quickly. Thanks for the reminder, I hadn't noticed. I'll have to try to put something together for .. whatever day it will be. smile
  • dafredo
  • Ouganda
  • 4 Jan 2007, 21:57
I am not really a big fan of bugs, they scare me as well with clowns
EJWilkins: These are very little bugs Dafredo, these were only about 3mm long, they would not be worth being scared of wink
Very nice! I think they're also known as Forest Bugs. I don't think I've ever seen them in this stage before. Great!
EJWilkins: Hi. The nearest I got from my own reference books was the Tortoise Shield Bug, which was wrong because my books didn't have the whole range of stages of the nymphs. I'll have to look up the Forest Bugs now, thanks for the idea. smile
Good Picture
i ask to Santa a Macro for my camera, i hope to take photos like yours!!!
EJWilkins: Hi Oscar. If you have a macro lens for your camera you will be able to take better pictures than this one. My camera does not have separate lenses. Thank you for your lovely comment smile
Oh wow! This is a great macro! And thnks for commenting.
EJWilkins: .. and thank you for commenting too. I am delighted you like this picture. smile

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