A Face Only a Mother Could Love

Discussion in 'Nature' started by isabel95, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    A variety of insects on my property this summer has been a dream rather than a reality. Was happy to find this reptilian looking visitor on a drying hydrangea blossom. I'm not sure what it is, but it resembles a squash bug.

    Taken with a Raynox DCR250 on the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens with my E PL1. This is a 100% crop.

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  2. Briar

    Briar Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    Bonnie Scotland
    It's strange, but I do like to see different bugs from around the world. Its my favourite section at the museum in Edinburgh. Well captured! Is he big?
  3. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Couldn't see the entire insect, but I would estimate that the area I shot represents about 1/2" in length (exclusive of the legs).
  4. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    As an insect I presume it lays eggs, so Mother never sees young and is unlikely to look in the mirror, problem never arises :biggrin:
    Some sort of shield bug by the looks of it, at least in the UK.

  5. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Not all insects lay eggs...

    Aphids, for example, bear live young.

    I was astounded to see their birth in this video from my online friend, Antje Schulte:
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    Thanks, however, for the suggested ID! :)


  6. photogirl101

    photogirl101 Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 24, 2010
    This insect loves to eat the leaves. You get this kind of insect in warm climate.
  7. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    thank you, Photogirl. I will have to check the leaves. And, yes, we have had a really hot summer.