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I find these creatures incredibly difficult to capture on camera because they are always on the move and are inclined to drop to the ground when they see my cam approaching. However, this one flew straight onto my hand and would not be persuaded to climb onto a more pleasing perch, so I had to struggle to capture him sitting on one hand and flexing his wings whilst I attempted to point the camera and snap with the other hand!

Lygaeus equestris, or harlequin bug, is brightly coloured, and varies from 7 - 10mm in length. Adults and nymphs pierce stalks, leaves, and veins with their needle-like mouthparts and extract plant juices. Young plants are likely to wilt, turn brown, and eventually die; while older plants are only stunted. Harlequin bugs over-winter as adults throughout most of their range. Adults emerge early in spring. Approximately 2 weeks after resuming activity, females begin depositing eggs on the undersides of leaves. Eggs are laid in double-row clusters of 10 to 13 until each female has deposited approximately 155 eggs. In early spring, eggs hatch in about 20 days. Eggs hatch in 4 to 5 days as the weather becomes warm.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:imminent take-off
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:16 Nov 2010 - 5:24 AM
Tags:Bug, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Insect, Lygaeus equestris, Take-off, Wildlife / nature
Votes:82
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mishu78
mishu78  4 Canada
16 Nov 2010 - 5:43 AM

Excellent images! Well done Carol, even with one hand.Congrats.

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tashi
tashi  32 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 6:05 AM

Excellent set. Very beautifully captured. I guess these little creatures can sense your feelings. They certainly know they are safe with you. The introduction is also very interesting. Thanks for sharing it.
Rani

Last Modified By tashi at 16 Nov 2010 - 6:10 AM

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Curtain
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16 Nov 2010 - 6:08 AM

Well done, rather you than me!
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DavesPics  3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 6:21 AM

What great closeups well done one handed

Dave

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RonnieAG
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16 Nov 2010 - 6:38 AM

These are quite amazing, Carol, considering taken one handed. Great macro shots which show off the bug so sharply......excellent work as always from you.
Ronnie.

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 6:39 AM

What a fantastic set of images, Carol, all superbly captured, I would be proud to have taken these using both hands.
Roy

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 7:13 AM

WOW- again

Bill

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 7:25 AM

An excellent capture

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 7:30 AM

5 wow images here Carol!!!!!

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KarenFB
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16 Nov 2010 - 7:43 AM

Brilliantly caught - I've never seen one with its wings open!

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 7:53 AM

How very clever of you to take this one handed
You must have such a steady hand
I cant get anything like this with 2 hands
V4 gets a click today

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 7:53 AM

Amazing variety of friendly insects where you liver Carol. Another excellent set.

Albert

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:10 AM

Uh, bugger, never saw one with open wings - great captures, but on my hand? NO!
Johanna

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:16 AM

Gorgeous - we have them in Spain too but I too have never seen them with open wings.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:27 AM

Quite the bug ringmaster Carol - the word must have gone round!!! lol
An excellent detailed set of macros and an interesting write up

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gingerdelight
16 Nov 2010 - 8:41 AM

Excellent captures and what a very pretty little bug!
Carol

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:52 AM

stunning as usual

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:53 AM

Excellent set of shots lovely detail
mike

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 8:56 AM

He seems very content
Mavis

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
16 Nov 2010 - 10:10 AM

Hi Carol proves you are irrisistable if it wants to sit on your hand great shot gray

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 10:12 AM

A brilliant sharp set Carol and very interesting Narration, well done
Regards
Pete

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photophantom
16 Nov 2010 - 10:30 AM

amazing close ups Carol
Dennis

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 11:15 AM

Tip top again Carol.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 11:29 AM

Great shot.well done.

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Hebe
Hebe  6 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 11:30 AM

A beautiful and delightful little friend you have captured with these images Carol.

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HobbitDave
16 Nov 2010 - 11:41 AM

What an amazing-looking little beastie, Carol. The wing-pose in v.1 is awesome!! You certainly get really interesting creatures in Create. Maybe that's why today it's spelled wrongly. I bet it was once 'The Land of Unusual Creat-ures' or similar - and all waiting to be photographed in macro.... Wink
Dave.

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EMJAYCEE
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16 Nov 2010 - 12:12 PM

Amazing set Carol.
Joan.

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susanbarton
16 Nov 2010 - 12:46 PM

Well done a great set of shots! They don't make it easy do they?

Susan

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 1:19 PM

Hand Held one hand Carol !! Blimey your talents have no limits Smile Excellent work.

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
16 Nov 2010 - 1:25 PM

Stunning series of close up detail captures Carol, great detail, super colours.
Jeff

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digital_boi
16 Nov 2010 - 2:06 PM


Quote: These are quite amazing, Carol, considering taken one handed. Great macro shots which show off the bug so sharply......excellent work as always from you.
Ronnie.

i would have needed a wee sherry or large ouzo just to think about trying it one handed gret set again Carol click

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Silverzone
16 Nov 2010 - 2:33 PM

View 1 and 2 have great detail of the wings open. Sylvia

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 3:40 PM

Most excellent set of colorful macro captures of this orange & black insect...LEX

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
16 Nov 2010 - 3:41 PM

[i]A superb serie Carol +++++
AGAIN

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 4:01 PM

excellent shot with his wings open Carol but it would not be me with him on my hand

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TrevBatWCC
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16 Nov 2010 - 4:15 PM

What a lovely coloured bug! And what a super set, Carol, you never disappoint us with your wonderful captures.
TrevB Smile

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16 Nov 2010 - 4:27 PM

An extra amazing set today Carol, that it is impossible to make a special choice..all of them for me today
Lillian

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jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 5:20 PM

Glorious photography as always.
jon

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Growmore
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16 Nov 2010 - 7:43 PM

Fantastic looking shots with it's wings open a superb set Carol. Gary

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:29 PM

Really like V1 and V2 Carol - the wings show lovely detail.
Brian.

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Daisymaye
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16 Nov 2010 - 8:39 PM

Fabulous detail in all of these Carol. Awesome!..........Sandy

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Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2010 - 8:44 PM

Brilliant captures Carol and all done one handed! well done!
Jann
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vandalp
vandalp  6
16 Nov 2010 - 9:39 PM

Well done Carol for capturing this little bug with your free hand. Great shot.
Vanda.

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niksig
niksig  4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 - 11:07 PM

A fantastic piece off macro, well done carol.

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17 Nov 2010 - 5:28 AM

A good serie of this little beauty

Peter

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viscostatic
17 Nov 2010 - 7:41 AM

A beautiful little creature. Full marks for dexterity Carol.

Phil.

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
17 Nov 2010 - 8:31 AM

Great set, I had one on my wall yesterday but you are right it would not stay still, it was much larger than the usual ones here but it got away

Nicky x

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
17 Nov 2010 - 1:39 PM

amazing images,well done carol.ray

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evelen  9 England
17 Nov 2010 - 6:26 PM

excellent images carol.
eve.

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samarmishra
18 Nov 2010 - 6:24 AM

Hi Carol, for me it is V1, V2, V4 and V5. Great set of image Carol, I should say that U r the most lucky one amongst all epz'ians.. All the bugs, insects and flies know you personally and they pose for you so that u can take excellent images.. Great job done..

Samar.

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18 Nov 2010 - 9:53 AM

Fantastic set Carol. A

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