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By paulbroad
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.


Tags: Up Macro Close Type Insect Bug Wildlife and nature

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mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 8:30AM
hi, according to my book it is :coreus Marginatus, a form of Shield bug. and a very nice shot too i might add

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 8:58AM
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.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 9:01AM
Anymore info? Googled the name from mohikan and it is similar but the rear body looks wrong. Realise there are many variations.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 9:25AM
It's a good looking but whatever it is. Thank you for sharing. IB
mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 9:54AM
the rear end is correct just a different colouring, its not as vibrant as some other but perhaps its just that.
mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 9:57AM from your angle the rear looks slightly different but i think its just the less pronounced colouring
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
6 Jan 2012 12:46PM
Well captured, definitely one of the very many shield bugs to be found. Carol
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1833 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 5:20PM
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.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 7:42PM
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.

mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 9:51AM
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.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 10:25AM
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.


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