Eggs.....


coker

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 11:47
....of a shield bug on a leaf of Woundwort, a wayside flowering plant, common on the verges around here.




There is a species of bug called the Woundwort Shield Bug, as here.....




which lives its entire life on this plant but I'm not sure these are its eggs, since I've seen other s/b eggs on the same plant but some of those are yellow/orange & some a sort of milky/clear colour.
There are either other species using the same plant or there is variation within the eggs of the one species.
I'm leaning to the latter theory, perhaps the eggs change appearance with age.....?
interestingly, the row of hook-things around the top of each egg indicate the "lid" which hinges open to allow the young to escape the egg case when hatching. I don't know what, if any, purpose these structures serve.


Both k5, off-camera diffused AF200T flash.
The eggs, 50mm reversed on 200mm, stack of 23in Combine ZP.
The bug, 100mm. D FA Macro,Tamron-F 1.4x Pz-AF converter, 31mm ext. tube.
Both elements 11.


Any thoughts you may wish to share will be most welcome.

Thanks for looking,

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!
Last Edited by coker on 01/06/2020 - 11:56

Lubbyman

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 12:24
Nicely done, as usual. And thanks for explaining about them. I've learned something new today, which makes it a good day.

A disturbing thought - from now on, sight of a pork pie will make me think of shield bug eggs.

Steve

coker

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 13:39
There's always a price to pay, Steve!
Thanks for looking & your encouraging remarks,

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

Aitch53

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 14:03
Lubbyman wrote:
Nicely done, as usual. And thanks for explaining about them. I've learned something new today, which makes it a good day.

A disturbing thought - from now on, sight of a pork pie will make me think of shield bug eggs.

Steve

Funny, I thought they looked more like the woods used in crown green bowling.
SteveH!

Some people call me 'strange'.
I prefer 'unconventional'.
But I'm willing to compromise and accept 'eccentric'.

coker

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 14:11
True, Steve H.,

but wouldn't the little spikes stick in................?

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

prsjnb

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 16:44
To the high standard we are coming to expect but not take for granted, Roger

Jon

McGregNi

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 17:12
Amazing colours on the bug and the flash diffusion has kept the detail and tones even across the subject. A fascinating image!

Now I'm not so sure about the burnt pork pies.....
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coker

Link Posted 01/06/2020 - 23:37
Yes, Nigel.
The second one needed (even) more diffusion.
The stacking seems to have had an (even) more adverse effect on the highlights than usual.

Note to self:
Must try harder not to burn the pies!

Thanks for all your thoughts, Chaps.

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

LongTimeLurker

Link Posted 11/06/2020 - 23:08
Very nicely done Roger and educational, for me, to boot.

The bug appears to be well trained: none of the ones I try to capture stick around long enough
Nigel.

Getting older and grumpier. Taking longer to decide which lens to use today.

K5 with auto-everything lenses
A collection of manual primes to keep me in touch with the pleasures of doing it old-school.
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