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I came across this mass of baby shield bugs perched on top of a dry thistle flower, couldn’t believe how many there were! After photographing them I noticed that there were a lot of adults around, too, so I took advantage of them and asked a few of them to model for me, which they very kindly did, one of them insisting on perching on my hand!

Now for a bit of information about shield bugs…………

Shield bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid. This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly.
The nymphs, similar to adults except smaller and without wings, also have stink glands.
The nymphs and adults have piercing mouthparts which most use to suck sap from plants, although some eat other insects. When they group in large numbers they can become significant pests. Shield bugs normally appear during the spring and summer months.
They are commonly eaten in Laos, and are regarded as delicious due to their extremely strong odour. The insects are sometimes pounded together with spices and a seasoning to prepare cheo, a paste mixed with chillies and herbs. This is eaten as a side dish with glutinous rice.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:shield bug nursery
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:12 Nov 2010 - 5:50 AM
Tags:Babies, Bug insect, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Nursery, Shield bug, Wildlife / nature
Votes:101
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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 5:57 AM

lovely sharp images again well done
mike

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

Excellent capture.. pin sharp and perfect that my initial reaction was "are they real?" (no offence, please). As I moused over slowly ... each image was a lovely sight. Yes, excellent set of images. Great colour and detail. Very beautifully captured indeed. The write up is also very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Rani

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cabbie
cabbie e2 Member 7cabbie vcard United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 - 6:27 AM

Great set of images spot on

Bob

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 - 6:36 AM

Another superb set of close up images, Carol, all with wonderful details and colours, V1 is just perfect and thanks for the information.
Roy

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 - 6:52 AM

A lovely pin sharp capture well done

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gingerdelight
12 Nov 2010 - 7:01 AM

Excellent images once again Carol, superbly detailed and captured.
It got me wondering: what would you call a group of shield bugs? An armoury perhaps?! Smile
Carol

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 7:18 AM

love v1. lol @ carol.lesley

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 7:31 AM

Such a pretty bug with sort of a gruesome write up
5 belters

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 7:43 AM

Ha, ha, ha.... you gave me a good laugh this morning Carol... This reminds me of some more than only one parliament on this earth...
GREAT BUGGER ASSEMBLY!
V4 even complements this - Cross your swords for nothing!
Well done,
Johanna

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 7:51 AM

Great set of images Carol. I'm sure the insect world know where to come to have their portraits taken.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 7:57 AM

They are also known as Stink Bugs. Excellent set of macro images.

Albert

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gabriel_flr
12 Nov 2010 - 8:02 AM

Very impressive Carol, i guess you have one of the best shieldbugs collection on the Internet. I thought to your insect pics and visited a huge bookstore and found so many interesting books about these little things...
Gabriel

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 8:17 AM

An excellent set of this pretty looking shield bug - an interesting write up too

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goso
goso e2 Member 7goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 8:22 AM

Great pics, and an interesting writeup Carol - Bill

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 8:22 AM

my goodness wot a lot u got - great set

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sparrowhawk
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12 Nov 2010 - 8:28 AM

Awesome

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12 Nov 2010 - 8:33 AM

Really like these Carol......... Dave

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 8:44 AM

That is a great set, but the write up Carol, you are certainly a born teacher for us on EPZ, and some of the comments...great! it really has to be V1 certainly a wow image and soooo sharp
Lillian

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 9:05 AM

Wow! Has to be V1 for the shear quantity, as well as comp and detail, but what a great set! Think, however, I'll pass for now on that gormet meal!!

Ann

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 - 9:33 AM

Bet you were in seventh heaven
Mavis

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User_Removed
12 Nov 2010 - 9:39 AM

Stunning detailed captures, excellent info. as well. Smile

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 9:39 AM

Ooh err Missus...have the RC on me this time! This is one for my shortlist; a very comprehensive reportage and each capture as sharp and detailed as the first and each with a different slant on the little bugs. Good one Carol
Mike

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
12 Nov 2010 - 9:42 AM

Interesting series. I like the head to head in V4.
I prefer to see them walking about than in a dish. Mind you I might have eaten some without knowing while traveling in Vietnam.

JNC

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moiral
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12 Nov 2010 - 10:13 AM

Great series of shots, so detailed and sharp. I really like V1. Moira

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f8
f8  109169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 10:16 AM

A really good capture, never seen a nursery of these shield bugs.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9472 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 10:43 AM

You make these look so glamourous Carol

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Joline
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12 Nov 2010 - 11:34 AM

The stuff of nightmaresSmile

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diamondgeaser
12 Nov 2010 - 12:00 PM

Fabulous set of images..JIM.

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
12 Nov 2010 - 12:22 PM

just having a wee look in this week.Your images are amazing and great to see. gill
(I experimented making a book on Photo Box so will see what its like when it's delivered to me.)

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 12:51 PM

Oh aren't they super little bugs.
Great series of shots in their natural
habitat.
They look like they are fencing in V4.

Well done Carol.
B.

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dawnmichelle
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12 Nov 2010 - 1:52 PM

You always capture your subjects perfect... Enjoy the close ups and the detail you capture

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tmann
tmann  9 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 2:02 PM

incredible detail

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6685 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 2:07 PM

Amazing sight, certainly a feast for the eyes, although I don't fancy the recipe, thank you!
Sandra

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 2:10 PM

5 excellent shots all with great detail ...Phil

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mishu78
mishu78  4 Canada
12 Nov 2010 - 2:23 PM

Another great set of excellent images! Well done Carol

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 2:36 PM

A side dish with glutinous rice? I do not think that would sell well around here. The pictures would though.
jon

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kishanm14
kishanm14  5 India
12 Nov 2010 - 3:01 PM

Excellent set, V1 for me Carol.

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
12 Nov 2010 - 3:23 PM

V1 on TOP +++++.
Great serie

Last Modified By Cor at 12 Nov 2010 - 3:24 PM

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PattiW
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12 Nov 2010 - 3:27 PM

Amazing set! You find the most interesting subjects ! Patti

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 4:20 PM

They really do have wonderful patterns and your excellent detailed shots are top class. Don't think I want one sitting on my finger though!! Have a good weekend.
Joan.

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 4:22 PM

The last piece of information is great. Hope they are not as tasty as they look.eeeeek

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Mynett
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12 Nov 2010 - 4:26 PM

they do look lovely but not good enough to eat..... eeewwww

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91887 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 5:17 PM

Love this species Carol - V1 is outstanding - superb detail and clarity.
Very envious of this image - it gets my UA.
Brian.

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12 Nov 2010 - 5:33 PM

Fantastic set of images Carol,detail is superb.

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TrevBatWCC
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12 Nov 2010 - 5:56 PM

So kind of them to pose for you, Carol, allowing you to get this brilliant set of images. V2 really shows how small these are, but do like V4 where two are head to head - are they about to fight or kiss?!
Interesting write-up, too - don't think I'd fancy eating them, though...
TrevB Smile

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foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 5:58 PM

A great set of pictures and a great write up as well Carol,very interesting. I like No.1.
Pete.

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RTDS  5 Cyprus
12 Nov 2010 - 6:00 PM

Excellent set of captures Carol.
Great details in them all.
Robert

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Silverzone
12 Nov 2010 - 6:18 PM

Superb. View 1 and 4 are todays favourites. Sylvia

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 6:36 PM

Fantastic series Carol - V1 is a real winner - wonderful colours, detail and dof.
Sylvia

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12 Nov 2010 - 6:43 PM

Excellent set of images, Carol. I like shield bugs but not enough to eat one!

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 6:52 PM

Great set again, particulalrly #4

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viscostatic
12 Nov 2010 - 7:09 PM

Absolutely amazing.

Phil.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 8:02 PM

stunning set carol v1 for me nice one Wink
andy

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Steve_S
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12 Nov 2010 - 9:28 PM

Great set Carol but it has to be v1 ! Great capture
Steve

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 10:43 PM

"Superlative set" of finely-detailed & colored macro captures, Carol.
Ciao...Peter

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2010 - 11:32 PM

V1 gave me the creeps big time, most bugs I can sort of cope with if there are only a couple but that many in one spot yeughhhhhhh
Jann
xxx

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 12:15 AM

Brilliant shot.well done.

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samarmishra
13 Nov 2010 - 3:12 AM

Hi Carol, very well spotted and captured, another stunning shot from ur PF.

Samar..

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13 Nov 2010 - 7:56 AM

Great captures Carol and after reading about them and their foul smelling liquid I can't imagine why you let it get on your hand ! Version 4 made me smile . Looks like pistols at dawn xx

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13 Nov 2010 - 9:17 PM

A cracking cluster you've captured in v1 Carol, v4 also made me chuckle, it looks like they are pretending to be rutting stags!

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RonnieAG
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14 Nov 2010 - 4:28 AM

Arrived at your set here, rather later than usual, Carol. What a marvellous set and I'm so glad they responded to your request re. modelling. Very well captured.
Ronnie.

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Nov 2010 - 12:13 PM

Great series V1 is fascinating - well spotted Carol - Ina

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ChristineL
15 Nov 2010 - 7:59 AM

What a great find Carol and a very nice capture too,
Chris.

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digital_boi
15 Nov 2010 - 10:56 AM

i'm playing catch up again too many hospital runs for others ...another great set V1 and V2 are a tad ahead click

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helenlinda
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21 Nov 2010 - 4:16 PM

What an amazing collection Carol !!
Helen

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