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Help. By all means, pas the usual comments on this, but I'm struggling to find out what it is. A Bug I think rather than a beetle and similar to an Assassin Bug, but don't think it is one. Can anyone help.

Found a couple of days ago in porch. Still alive but slow and lethargic - cold like me!

EOS7D with 150mm Sigma EX Macro and Sigma ring flash. Manual everything. 1/200 @ f18 with +2 compensation. Darken surround, clone some highlights on leaves and smart sharpen. Benbo tripod - set piece in garage before releasing outdoors.

Paul

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:150.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bug?
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:6 Jan 2012 - 8:24 AM
Tags:Bug, Close, Insect, Macro, Type, Up., Wildlife / nature
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mohikan22
mohikan22  102286 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:30 AM

hi, according to my book it is :coreus Marginatus, a form of Shield bug. and a very nice shot too i might add
matt.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:58 AM

Thanks - told the wife it was a Shield Bug, but body looked too long and head different. Obviously not the type I'm used to seeing - out with the books again.

Paul

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paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 9:01 AM

Anymore info? Googled the name from mohikan and it is similar but the rear body looks wrong. Realise there are many variations.
Paul

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 - 9:25 AM

It's a good looking but whatever it is. Thank you for sharing. IB

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mohikan22
mohikan22  102286 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 9:54 AM

the rear end is correct just a different colouring, its not as vibrant as some other but perhaps its just that.

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mohikan22
mohikan22  102286 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 9:57 AM

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coreus_marginatus_Global.jpg from your angle the rear looks slightly different but i think its just the less pronounced colouring

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 12:46 PM

Well captured, definitely one of the very many shield bugs to be found. Carol

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 5:20 PM

I love shield bugs, Paul, but have to admit that ID can be a trial.
Now, I don't want to disagree with Matt, but you may like to make up your own mind here because the Western Conifer Seed Bug has the same zig-zag pattern and expansions on the hind legs that yours has.
See here for a page of bugs similar to yours.
Now you can see how difficult it is.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 7:42 PM

I specifically shot this from directly above. Looking at both sets of examples linked above, the head and rear body are wrong, other than the Box Bug, which is close. The head on my beast is clearly defined, almost with a neck, where most classic Shield bugs have the head almost moulded directly into the top of the shield.

The rear of the body here does not spread back out, but continues to taper in. These are the reasons I was doubtful - much more like an Assassin bug.

Paul

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mohikan22
mohikan22  102286 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 9:51 AM

after looking at Pamlea's "bug" im inclined to agree its more likely the WCS bug. the antennae are too long for an assassin bug as far as i can find.

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paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 10:25 AM

Thanks all. I'm with the Western Conifer Seed Bug too, I've had Pamela's image next to mine and they look very similar indeed. It really is a minefield, but anyone should be warned, and I know from experience, that if you wish to sell or exhibit such images, you must get the name right.

Paul

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