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imminent take-off

By CarolG  
I find these creatures incredibly difficult to capture on camera because they are always on the move and are inclined to drop to the ground when they see my cam approaching. However, this one flew straight onto my hand and would not be persuaded to climb onto a more pleasing perch, so I had to struggle to capture him sitting on one hand and flexing his wings whilst I attempted to point the camera and snap with the other hand!

Lygaeus equestris, or harlequin bug, is brightly coloured, and varies from 7 - 10mm in length. Adults and nymphs pierce stalks, leaves, and veins with their needle-like mouthparts and extract plant juices. Young plants are likely to wilt, turn brown, and eventually die; while older plants are only stunted. Harlequin bugs over-winter as adults throughout most of their range. Adults emerge early in spring. Approximately 2 weeks after resuming activity, females begin depositing eggs on the undersides of leaves. Eggs are laid in double-row clusters of 10 to 13 until each female has deposited approximately 155 eggs. In early spring, eggs hatch in about 20 days. Eggs hatch in 4 to 5 days as the weather becomes warm.

Tags: General Close-up Insect Bug Close-up and macro Take-off Wildlife and nature Lygaeus equestris

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mishu78 10 Canada
16 Nov 2010 5:43AM
Excellent images! Well done Carol, even with one hand.Congrats.

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tashi 9 2
16 Nov 2010 6:05AM
Excellent set. Very beautifully captured. I guess these little creatures can sense your feelings. They certainly know they are safe with you. The introduction is also very interesting. Thanks for sharing it.
16 Nov 2010 6:08AM
Well done, rather you than me!
16 Nov 2010 6:21AM
What great closeups well done one handed

RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
16 Nov 2010 6:38AM
These are quite amazing, Carol, considering taken one handed. Great macro shots which show off the bug so sharply......excellent work as always from you.
Jekaro 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 6:39AM
What a fantastic set of images, Carol, all superbly captured, I would be proud to have taken these using both hands.
madbilly 11 1 4 England
16 Nov 2010 7:13AM
WOW- again

jeb2012 10 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 7:25AM
An excellent capture
VIKI 14 18 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 7:30AM
5 wow images here Carol!!!!!
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
16 Nov 2010 7:43AM
Brilliantly caught - I've never seen one with its wings open!
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 7:53AM
How very clever of you to take this one handed
You must have such a steady hand
I cant get anything like this with 2 hands
V4 gets a click today
fentiger 19 920 24 England
16 Nov 2010 7:53AM
Amazing variety of friendly insects where you liver Carol. Another excellent set.

brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:10AM
Uh, bugger, never saw one with open wings - great captures, but on my hand? NO!
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:16AM
Gorgeous - we have them in Spain too but I too have never seen them with open wings.
Ray42 12 3 England
16 Nov 2010 8:27AM
Quite the bug ringmaster Carol - the word must have gone round!!! lol
An excellent detailed set of macros and an interesting write up
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:41AM
Excellent captures and what a very pretty little bug!
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:52AM
stunning as usual
16 Nov 2010 8:53AM
Excellent set of shots lovely detail
MickyMc 12 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:56AM
He seems very content
16 Nov 2010 10:10AM
Hi Carol proves you are irrisistable if it wants to sit on your hand great shot gray
videotec 11 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 10:12AM
A brilliant sharp set Carol and very interesting Narration, well done
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
16 Nov 2010 10:30AM
amazing close ups Carol
danbrann 15 640 17
16 Nov 2010 11:15AM
Tip top again Carol.
16 Nov 2010 11:29AM
Great shot.well done.
Hebe 12 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 11:30AM
A beautiful and delightful little friend you have captured with these images Carol.
16 Nov 2010 11:41AM
What an amazing-looking little beastie, Carol. The wing-pose in v.1 is awesome!! You certainly get really interesting creatures in Create. Maybe that's why today it's spelled wrongly. I bet it was once 'The Land of Unusual Creat-ures' or similar - and all waiting to be photographed in macro.... Wink
11 10 10 England
16 Nov 2010 12:12PM
Amazing set Carol.
susanbarton 12 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 12:46PM
Well done a great set of shots! They don't make it easy do they?

16 Nov 2010 1:19PM
Hand Held one hand Carol !! Blimey your talents have no limits Smile Excellent work.
jgmford 13 England
16 Nov 2010 1:25PM
Stunning series of close up detail captures Carol, great detail, super colours.
16 Nov 2010 2:06PM

Quote:These are quite amazing, Carol, considering taken one handed. Great macro shots which show off the bug so sharply......excellent work as always from you.

i would have needed a wee sherry or large ouzo just to think about trying it one handed gret set again Carol click
Silverzone 12 2 England
16 Nov 2010 2:33PM
View 1 and 2 have great detail of the wings open. Sylvia
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
16 Nov 2010 3:40PM
Most excellent set of colorful macro captures of this orange & black insect...LEX
Cor 11 Belgium
16 Nov 2010 3:41PM
[i]A superb serie Carol +++++
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 4:01PM
excellent shot with his wings open Carol but it would not be me with him on my hand
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
16 Nov 2010 4:15PM
What a lovely coloured bug! And what a super set, Carol, you never disappoint us with your wonderful captures.
TrevB Smile
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 4:27PM
An extra amazing set today Carol, that it is impossible to make a special choice..all of them for me today
jonwebber 11 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 5:20PM
Glorious photography as always.
Growmore 11 4 3 England
16 Nov 2010 7:43PM
Fantastic looking shots with it's wings open a superb set Carol. Gary
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
16 Nov 2010 8:29PM
Really like V1 and V2 Carol - the wings show lovely detail.
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 16 Canada
16 Nov 2010 8:39PM
Fabulous detail in all of these Carol. Awesome!..........Sandy
Anjantoo 12 7 1 England
16 Nov 2010 8:44PM
Brilliant captures Carol and all done one handed! well done!
vandalp 12
16 Nov 2010 9:39PM
Well done Carol for capturing this little bug with your free hand. Great shot.
niksig 10 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 11:07PM
A fantastic piece off macro, well done carol.
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
17 Nov 2010 5:28AM
A good serie of this little beauty

viscostatic 13 47 7 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2010 7:41AM
A beautiful little creature. Full marks for dexterity Carol.

nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
17 Nov 2010 8:31AM
Great set, I had one on my wall yesterday but you are right it would not stay still, it was much larger than the usual ones here but it got away

Nicky x
17 Nov 2010 1:39PM
amazing images,well done carol.ray
evelen 15 5 England
17 Nov 2010 6:26PM
excellent images carol.
18 Nov 2010 6:24AM
Hi Carol, for me it is V1, V2, V4 and V5. Great set of image Carol, I should say that U r the most lucky one amongst all epz'ians.. All the bugs, insects and flies know you personally and they pose for you so that u can take excellent images.. Great job done..

accipiter 10 61 England
18 Nov 2010 9:53AM
Fantastic set Carol. A

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