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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.
I think you've probably captured a very rare sight Carol - well done, great pics...Bill
Two great shots Carol. I'm amazed you knew those red things were ticks. Excellent close-ups to see all this.....Sandy
2 Superb captures Carol.
Amazing details and colours.
Where do you find all these great critters
I will be away this weekend..hopefully to get some great pics.
Will catch up on Sunday.
Have a great weekend.
Two superb close up shots Carol.
Great shots I didn't realise that the bugs got bugs
It's like an Ugly Bug Ball. A superb and fascinating capture.
great capture Carol... Nature at it's rawest!
Two super shots - a journey into the life of a bug - Jude.
Must have the same goverment in the the insect world as we Have !
lovely light on the seed head, v2 is a fabulous cature and shows the ticks the most.lesley
Ugly insects....but 2 great images! Well done
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
absolutely wonderful captures ! i would agree that you've captured something extra special and should be seen on a magazine cover
A must for my readers award
Great shots Carol..... I saw this for the first time at the weekend on a tiny leaf hopper, I felt sorry for it too!
Horrible Horrible but an oustanding image Carol.
The detail on these photographs is really amazing Carol - and what an interesting slice of nature you have captured here.
You must have fantastic eye-sight Carol to spot the things you do. 2 Fab images though as you say, 'a sad sight'
Excellent detail as always Carol
Yuck! Wonderful macro though!
As allways you have captured two stunning close ups.
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
Quite an extraordinary image!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! JNC
Well seen and captured
Another two fantastic captures carol, superb detail every time ,really excellent regards
Fantastic capture and excellent work Carol. Gary
Two stunning captures,brilliant detail in them.
Wonderful captures Carol with excellent detail. I feel very sorry for the poor thing
Not a happy plight for the bug. But superb nature photography and informative record Carol
Oh poor thing. My little dog got a couple of ticks when walking through a nature reserve recently, they were horrid things.
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!
The detail in both these shots is amazing,, see large.
cracking shots, outstanding detail....
Great shots Carol, I have noticed some of our butterflies have similiar looking ticks.
Amazing capture. Something we'd not normally see.
Do you spend your whole time crawling about in grass and undergrowth, Carol? It certainly seems to pay off.
Great natural history record shots here Carol - I like both - never seen the like before. Fantastic details.
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!!
Never knew there were so many strange looking bugs in the world and you have them all Carol
Both superb captures Carol.
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.
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.
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
I haven't got a soft spot for bugs but you made even me feel sorry for this one! ahhhhhhh
2 superb macro shots
Great detail Carol.
Terrific subjects Carol and wonderful detail, textures and colours. A pair of fascinating captures.
Superb capture as always Carol. Did you de=louse the poor thing?
Superb close up shot Carol, excellent detail and well spotted,
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.
Wow well spotted and very well captured - poor shield buck. Ina
Marvellous macro work Carol, this one ticks all the boxes!
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,
PS. I excuse myself for clicking and running, but you know my problems...
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