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a tribal shield bug

By annettep38  
Many thanks for the votes and clicks on the swallowtail.
BTW the ilex hairstreak was id'd thanks to Ade.. I only had itWinkWink nearly right

Here is a very pretty pair of shield bugs that I spotted in the meadow yesterday. The stems were blown about by a strong wind so this was quite tricky to get.
So here is the challenge for Karen, Carol and Ade What is it exactly? Sorry for pestering you but my book has still not arrived Sad

Here is an attempt to identify the beatie: Grahams link sent me on the track to the right species:

That is the ID till Ade proves me wrong Smile

Tags: Insect Shield bug Dordogne Wildlife and nature

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16 Jul 2012 6:24PM
Great textures and colours.


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evelen 12 5 England
16 Jul 2012 6:30PM
excellent shot and colours.
16 Jul 2012 6:37PM
no doubt you will get a name ..
but what a fantastic image they make ...
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 6:38PM
brilliant comp annette fantastic detail and colours a real cracker nice one Wink
KarenFB Plus
11 4.8k 171 England
16 Jul 2012 6:38PM
Definitely Shield Bugs, not sure which species! Smile Well caught!
paskinmj 8 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 6:39PM
Spot on macro.
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 6:53PM
Cute creatures Annette but as to their I'd, I'm clueless! Smile
Norfolkboy 11 1 4 England
16 Jul 2012 7:00PM
A super composition & colour contrast here, Annette.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
16 Jul 2012 7:13PM
Sorry, Annette, I can find and photograph many different species of shield bug, but I'm not up on ID'ing them Smile. A great capture. Carol
Irishkate Plus
6 40 107 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 7:22PM
Gosh I'm sure learning about an awful lot of creatures
I've never heard of.
This is amazing and does look like a shield.
You are all so knowledgeable.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
16 Jul 2012 7:32PM
Incredibly sharp and clear-- a superb image of a nasty pest!


and I thank you for your UA for the tailed blue!
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.7k 149 England
16 Jul 2012 7:43PM
Good background and well separated, Annette. Focus and settings spot on.

HELANA 7 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 7:44PM
Grate capture Annette. Good D/F.lovely.
16 Jul 2012 7:51PM
good capture the nearest i could fine is Sloe shieldbug but does not have all the same markings

good captures
16 Jul 2012 8:33PM
Annette, fantastic shot with supper detail, a bit scary ................great comp.

tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 9:02PM
Looks like a Forest bug Pentatoma rufipes to me, though the shield colours are more prominent on yours.
Definitely has the slightly "hooked" shoulders though, which is a trait of them

Hope this helps

Great spot Annette.. Like the focus & colours. ..nice one
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
16 Jul 2012 9:14PM
Despite the wind you have secured a nice crisp shot of the pair, Annette.
jdinne 13 16 England
16 Jul 2012 9:32PM
Brilliant Annette..........

16 Jul 2012 10:07PM
Fantastic capture Annette
16 Jul 2012 10:09PM
Brilliant capture Annette..Lin
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
16 Jul 2012 10:38PM
Fine close-up photography.

mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
16 Jul 2012 10:53PM
Dunno the ID annette,but it looks related to a crab I think !!
A well detailed shot.
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
16 Jul 2012 11:22PM
Great textures and details. Never knew until I joined epz quite how many varieties of Shield Bugs there were ... to tell the truth, don't think I knew any!!

LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 11:24PM
Whatever the species (as long as they know, why should we care) this is a superb portrait.
17 Jul 2012 1:08AM
Probably U hit the jack pot. The tiny bugs are inside the capsule below.
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
17 Jul 2012 2:17AM
Late in at the party as usual, not been very well after being savaged quite badly by some horseflies on Sunday. The little sods have made one of my hands swell balloon up to twice it's normal size , so I've been unable to type.....

Think these are Dolycoris baccarum-Hairy Shieldbug, but it won't be long now and you'll be telling me.....LOL

Ray42 9 3 England
17 Jul 2012 8:10AM
A great shot and a very good pf
CaroleS Plus
6 429 3 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2012 9:19AM
Shield bugs have some fascinating markings. Well captured Annette.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
17 Jul 2012 11:41AM
VERY pretty shieldbugs, Annette. Superb sharp capture of them too.

17 Jul 2012 12:49PM
A lovely capture Annette. Love its markings on its back Smile

Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
17 Jul 2012 1:04PM
The colors in this image alone would have drawn me in....then the lovely details on both the seedhead and the bugs are wonderful.
Tibetan 4 3 England
17 Jul 2012 2:19PM
I took a shot of a green and red one quite big like yours! quite interesting and they do look like shields don't they, nice photo, regards Leon. safari garden site have lots of photo's and descriptions in sections if that's a help, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ayoob 5 Australia
18 Jul 2012 3:52AM
Great macro shot with lovely detail Annette..........Grin
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
18 Jul 2012 5:50PM
Whatever it is -- nicely captured (especially considering the wind).
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 7:49AM
Gosh never seen thise before. Great stuff. paul

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