Bug and Eggs

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AstroBoy
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Bug and Eggs

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Breezy day, on-board flash diffused with Nikon SU-4 diffuser.

Host plant - Gardenia (underside of leaf)

Image 1 and 2 rotated 90° CW

Nikon D100, Micro Nikkor 3.5/55mm and PK13 extension ring. ISO was set to 800 - hence the 'noise' - unintentional/ oops!

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Post by rjlittlefield »

AstroBoy, I think think this is your first image post -- welcome aboard! :D

I'm not familiar with this kind of bug. Are those its own eggs? Is it "standing guard", or does it just happen to be with them?

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Post by q_hung »

It looks like a stink bug :?:

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Post by Planapo »

Could well be that these are this heteropteran's own eggs. Some of them are known to show such a behaviour of parental care.

--Betty

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Post by AstroBoy »

It appears that Betty is correct. The bug is still shielding the eggs 24hrs later. It became rather protective of the eggs as I attempted to position the lense; so yes Rik, it does appear to be "standing guard"; but I have read that 'eggs, larvae or adults of other invertebrates' also form part of its diet?

I'll keep an eye on the location and see what develops.

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Post by AstroBoy »

Here's another image taken today.

There has been some activity :shock:

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Post by missgecko »

Hey Astroboy - welcome!! Great shots of this bug. The last series shows just how protective she is and the little bugs are so cute. I took a photo of a bug just like this one about two weeks ago and was going to ask if anyone knew what it was. I'll still post it but your photos are brilliant :D

Cheers
Sam

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AstroBoy
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Post by AstroBoy »

Thanks Sam,

Here is a crop of the next generation.

While I was taking the latest images a bull ant came along; but quickly retreated when challenged by the 'parent'.

Notice the 'red' eyes in this image and the red 'spots' in the earlier images of the 'eggs'.

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The image below is the leaf backlit with an off-camera flash.

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*later note: 11 days later and bug is still "guarding" the little guys.

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Post by beetleman »

Great post and followup pictures. I never knew they were protective like that :shock:
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