3rd May 2014 by emmadurnford

3rd May 2014

This lovely beasty is a Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina to be precise!) which appeared in our garden. I rather unceremoniously popped him in a jar while I went to get my macro lens and then released him on the ivy.

Unlike my previous macro attempts at fast moving bumble bees, he obligingly took it rather slowly so I could photograph him. This time I was able to use a fast shutter speed of 1/400 at f/7.1 which gave me a better d.o.f. It wouldn't win any prizes at my photo club but I am pleased with it.
What an intricate back it's got! Seen as close and focused as this is so good!
May 4th, 2014  
Beautiful macro Emma. I like the texture on Mr. Shieldbug, and the fact that the capture is filled with m y favourite colour.
May 4th, 2014  
May 4th, 2014  
Nice macro capture, Emma. Your chap must be a close cousin of the stink bug plaguing the US -- ours is also a shield bug but he's brown and protects himself with a truly repugnant odor. He's been destroying orchards up and down the east coast and loves coming inside and hiding in the curtains. A very slow mover so easier to catch than most insects.
May 6th, 2014  
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