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Gone Fishing

By NDODS    
Good day to you all.

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful comments and votes following yesterdays upload.

Todays upload is a little more recognisable being a Birch Shield Bug. It was captured just minutes from my accommodation whilst I was out and about on a Bug Hunt.

A smaller relative of the Hawthorn Shield Bug, adults of the Birch Shield Bug are particularly abundant in the early autumn. They go into hibernation over the winter, re-emerging in spring to lay their eggs. The nymphs hatch and develop in summer, feeding on Birch and sometimes Hazel.

How to identify

The Birch Shield Bug is green, red and brown - similar to the Hawthorn Shield Bug. But it is smaller, has slightly duller colouration and does not have the projecting shoulders.

I hope that you all have a great day, for me who knows, at the moment the weather is somewhat different from the scorcher we had yesterday.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature Birch shield bug

Voters: Hermanus, darrenwilson41, Badgerfred and 90 more

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
2 Aug 2013 9:30AM
Another handsome bug that you have captured here Nathan !! Great info on it too Smile I hope he and the spider are good neighbours Smile

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2 Aug 2013 9:35AM
Fantastic image and well taken. The colours are really good and the little spider adds interest too

Have a great weekend

2 Aug 2013 9:36AM
V1 for me Nathan, super image,
richmowil Plus
11 412 2 England
2 Aug 2013 9:38AM
Colourful bug Nathan!! Three nice images!!
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
2 Aug 2013 9:39AM
Three wonderful images, Nathan, but V.1 has to be the winner, with that spot of danger lurking Smile Carol
Caziwinkles 7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:43AM
Wow!! Amazing images Nathan. Two for the price of one in V1. Superb colours and great DoF too. Love them.
Hope you have a good day. Smile

User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:48AM
A very colourful bug, excellent captures.
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:52AM
Superb set of images Nathan, amazing detail and fabulous colours

RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
2 Aug 2013 9:57AM
What a find and almost on the doorstep too: fine set of this colourful shield bug, esp. V 1 with the spider hanging around below.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 10:03AM
Wow... I like the two beasties in V1, the backlighting in V2 and the delightful colour in V3! GrinGrinGrin
Bravo Nathan!
Good write up mate and very well captured, with this on the end you are sure to catch a big one lol
SlowSong Plus
12 9.1k 30 England
2 Aug 2013 10:09AM
Gorgeous and cute capture. I wonder if the bug caught his spider. Smile
2 Aug 2013 10:11AM
good find Nathan V1 with the addition of the wee spider work's for me

SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 10:38AM
What a super coloured bug and some superb captures. Have a good day Nathan.SmileSmile
Richsr 13 91 223 England
2 Aug 2013 10:58AM
Good details and colours in the subject and DOF too Nathan.
Informative write up too
Regards Richard
You have created a great tonal range in the background of this close up. Well done Nathan.
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 11:32AM
Great set, Nathan.
ali63 8 790 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 11:33AM
A handsome Shield Bug Nathan, we are in the middle of a thunder storm here in Suffolk Sad
Enjoy your day
Joline Plus
14 30 57 United States
2 Aug 2013 11:41AM
This are such great shots, especially v1.
S_Psharma 8 1 India
2 Aug 2013 11:58AM
Super images v3 is best.
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
2 Aug 2013 12:00PM
Good lighting
Again, great colours there Nathan...there sure are some super coloured bugs where you are the dangling accessory under your Shield bug !! GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
2 Aug 2013 12:08PM
That's lunch sorted then!!! WinkGrinGrinGrin
EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:10PM
Three great captures Smile

nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
2 Aug 2013 12:15PM
Wonderful light, compo and DOF. The fisherbug is my favorite, Nathan.
Tish1 Plus
7 32 5 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:30PM
Well, you might recognise him Nathan, but I certainly don't; he's very colourful, this is a fantastic macro, but a bug is a bug is a bug and they make my skin crawl.

Mrsbass 7 2 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:34PM
It's another wow from me today Nathan - such fine detail on this interesting character - we see them all the time when we are pottering about but never really see them if you understand what I am saying. Brilliant.
2 Aug 2013 12:39PM
Hi Nathan. V1 for me. Wonderful macro and what a colourful lil bug GrinGrin

Nikonuser1 Plus
8 164 16 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:47PM
3 super images Nathan, V1 for me, like the inclusion of the spiderSmile

franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:54PM
A really impressive set here Nathan.

Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
2 Aug 2013 3:05PM
Now that is a colourful bug, Nathan, and a very good composition with the spider in v1.

netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
2 Aug 2013 3:14PM
THree great images but v1 take's the prize today NathenSmile
2 Aug 2013 3:19PM
Wonderful captures-excellent compositions !
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 3:46PM
Gosh never seen one of those Nathan
has to be V3 for me
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
2 Aug 2013 4:38PM
What a lovely and colourful character he is, not like the ones I've seen! Wink A super set, Nathan, and think V1's my fave, which shows off the detail and his colours the best Smile
Trev Smile
That's one fancy bug Nathan and beautifully caught with the little izzy bizzy underneath.

11 10 10 England
2 Aug 2013 5:02PM
Fantastic detail especially in V1 and his seems to be so colourful - reminds me of custard!
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 5:17PM
Not the sharpest shots in the world, V3 being the sharpest of the three, but the colours are lovely.
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 5:21PM
Trio of excellent macro images V1 is my favourite xx
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
2 Aug 2013 5:44PM
I like that little suspended spider in V1 Grin

And what amazing colours in V3!! That's my favourite shot.

2 Aug 2013 5:48PM
a great trio i likeV1.

Philip_H 8 1.2k United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 5:51PM
Great close-up and pov, Nathan.

myrab 14 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 6:02PM
A great set of images Nathan.

widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
2 Aug 2013 6:20PM
Super set of sumptuous bug shots GrinGrinGrin

jdinne 17 16 England
2 Aug 2013 6:27PM
Wonderful set here Nathan all really good favour V1 slightly, greatly composed and the little spider brilliant. Great title and great narrative.

2 Aug 2013 6:34PM
Wonderful colours on this little creature. Beautiful sunny day here on Skye!
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
2 Aug 2013 6:56PM

Thanks for your UA!
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
2 Aug 2013 8:06PM
First class shots Nathan. Excellent sequence.GrinGrinGrinGrin
2 Aug 2013 8:17PM
Great colour and detail Nathan
2 Aug 2013 8:33PM
Very interesting series of macro of this bug, Nathan! V1 is my choiceSmile
Regards Valery
Mike_Smith Plus
13 648 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 8:39PM
Great set Nathan, they are strange looking characters
Super colourful little critter.. Like the action in V1... Better than David Attenborough. Wink
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:33PM
You are finding some unusual critters Nathan that respite your in is doing you goodWink no offence meant:
ColleenA Plus
8 452 7 Australia
2 Aug 2013 10:04PM
Great set of images Nathan
annettep38 9 219 42 Germany
3 Aug 2013 12:18AM
your best critter shot so far!
Source 10
3 Aug 2013 11:20PM
My favourite is v1 an amazing capture.But all 3 are superb

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