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I saw this rather gruesome, and somewhat sad sight whilst out on a 'bug hunt' the other day. This poor little shield bug appeared to be covered in blood-sucking ticks, and the second bug looked most concerned.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:tick trouble?
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:14 Aug 2009 - 5:40 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:104
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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:08 AM

I think you've probably captured a very rare sight Carol - well done, great pics...Bill

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:12 AM

Two great shots Carol. I'm amazed you knew those red things were ticks. Excellent close-ups to see all this.....Sandy

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
14 Aug 2009 - 6:21 AM

2 Superb captures Carol.
Amazing details and colours.
Where do you find all these great crittersSmile
I will be away this weekend..hopefully to get some great pics.
Will catch up on Sunday.
Have a great weekend.
Robert

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 - 6:23 AM

Two superb close up shots Carol.
Roy

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
14 Aug 2009 - 6:27 AM

Great shots I didn't realise that the bugs got bugs
Mandy

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:54 AM

It's like an Ugly Bug Ball. A superb and fascinating capture.

Albert

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:56 AM

Excellent photography

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:58 AM

great capture Carol... Nature at it's rawest!

Martin.

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:59 AM

Two super shots - a journey into the life of a bug - Jude.

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:23 AM

Must have the same goverment in the the insect world as we Have !

Well seen.

Rock

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:24 AM

lovely light on the seed head, v2 is a fabulous cature and shows the ticks the most.lesley

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:49 AM

Ugly insects....but 2 great images! Well done
Kaleena

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:50 AM

Fantastic shots - so interesting - must agree with Bill you probably have captured a very rare sight - on the photographic side they are cracking shot -great colour and detail and fab use of light - Elizabeth

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:51 AM

absolutely wonderful captures ! i would agree that you've captured something extra special and should be seen on a magazine cover

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:55 AM

Fantastic detail
A must for my readers award
Great stuff

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Aug 2009 - 7:56 AM

Cracking details

Peter

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:12 AM

Great shots Carol..... I saw this for the first time at the weekend on a tiny leaf hopper, I felt sorry for it too!

Jon

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:19 AM

Horrible Horrible but an oustanding image Carol.

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viscostatic
14 Aug 2009 - 8:19 AM

The detail on these photographs is really amazing Carol - and what an interesting slice of nature you have captured here.

Phil.

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:24 AM

You must have fantastic eye-sight Carol to spot the things you do. 2 Fab images though as you say, 'a sad sight'

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:24 AM

Excellent detail as always Carol
Steve

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:33 AM

Yuck! Wonderful macro though!

Ann

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 - 8:54 AM

As allways you have captured two stunning close ups.
Dave

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Silverzone
14 Aug 2009 - 9:21 AM

This looks to me as if the female Shield bug is carrying eggs on her back and the proud dad is on the right. Certainly a great capture. Sylvia

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maratsuikka
14 Aug 2009 - 9:24 AM

Well doneCarol

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
14 Aug 2009 - 10:39 AM

Quite an extraordinary image!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! JNC

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ChrisWallace
14 Aug 2009 - 10:46 AM

Well seen and captured
Chris

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
14 Aug 2009 - 10:56 AM

Another two fantastic captures carol, superb detail every time ,really excellent regards
Mike xx

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 11:21 AM

Fantastic capture and excellent work Carol. Gary

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SoulOfNature
14 Aug 2009 - 11:30 AM

Two stunning captures,brilliant detail in them.

Jean x

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 11:36 AM

Wonderful captures Carol with excellent detail. I feel very sorry for the poor thing Sad
Charlotte

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User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 11:43 AM

Not a happy plight for the bug. But superb nature photography and informative record Carol
Andrew

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
14 Aug 2009 - 12:36 PM

Oh poor thing. My little dog got a couple of ticks when walking through a nature reserve recently, they were horrid things.
Good captures.
Annette

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 12:58 PM

You do find the most interesting bugs!

ticks here carry a serious disease--- always on the look out for them-- they are not os colorful or niticable as yours!


Jennnn

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 - 1:56 PM

The detail in both these shots is amazing,, see large.
Pete

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janty66
janty66  7 England
14 Aug 2009 - 2:08 PM

cracking shots, outstanding detail....

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 - 2:57 PM

Great shots Carol, I have noticed some of our butterflies have similiar looking ticks.
john

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64441 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 4:30 PM

Amazing capture. Something we'd not normally see.
Do you spend your whole time crawling about in grass and undergrowth, Carol? Smile It certainly seems to pay off.
Chris

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 4:41 PM

Great natural history record shots here Carol - I like both - never seen the like before. Fantastic details.
Brian.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 - 4:42 PM

Ticks or eggs as Sylvia says, I have no idea, but I really hate ticks. Poor scaramanga got such a shock when he removed one from our dog and saw all the little legs sticking out!!
Mavis

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 5:07 PM

exceptionally good

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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 6:40 PM

Never knew there were so many strange looking bugs in the world and you have them all Carol
Gerry

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AlanWillis
AlanWillis e2 Member 566 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
14 Aug 2009 - 6:56 PM

Amazing
Alan

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kishanm14
kishanm14  5 India
14 Aug 2009 - 6:58 PM

Both superb captures Carol.

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nigele1
nigele1  10
14 Aug 2009 - 7:25 PM

You are really making that transition from portrait to behavioural images, these are both fabulous and would be great on a wall or in a text book on insect parasites.

Nigel

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 7:27 PM

A parasite for sure.....you definitely take the prize for different bugs. Did you watch the movie "It's a Bugs Life"? If not, you would enjoy it.

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PattiW
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14 Aug 2009 - 7:51 PM

Carol, yes it is sad! Can't believe I would ever feel empathy for a bug. I don't know which I feel more sorry for, the bug with the ticks or the one looking on, helpless! Superb image, fantastic detail and color. Patti

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14 Aug 2009 - 8:35 PM

one word.............Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 8:51 PM

I haven't got a soft spot for bugs but you made even me feel sorry for this one! ahhhhhhh
Jann
xx

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fatmod  8 England
14 Aug 2009 - 8:57 PM

2 superb macro shots

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vandalp
vandalp  6
14 Aug 2009 - 9:16 PM

Great detail Carol.
Vanda

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2009 - 10:25 PM

Terrific subjects Carol and wonderful detail, textures and colours. A pair of fascinating captures.
Sylvia

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LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 5:39 AM

Superb capture as always Carol. Did you de=louse the poor thing?

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Dinney
Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 8:17 AM

Superb close up shot Carol, excellent detail and well spotted,
Kev

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GrahamNobles
15 Aug 2009 - 8:31 AM

Ouch!
Graham

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 8:44 AM

There's a rhyme somewhere, on the lines of 'all fleas have smaller fleas, that itch and feed upon them.' Something like that anyway. Excellent pair of pictures.
jon

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 12:07 PM

Wow well spotted and very well captured - poor shield buck. Ina

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 2:31 PM

brilliant stuff

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2009 - 8:53 PM

Marvellous macro work Carol, this one ticks all the boxes!

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2009 - 4:09 PM

He was well concerned - you seem to have many ticks on your island Carol - any trouble for people, too?
Superb close up shot, great detail and interesting information - didn't think that shield bugs would have trouble with ticks - but nature holds many surprises,
Johanna

PS. I excuse myself for clicking and running, but you know my problems...

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