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Friday, August 6, 2010

Shield bugs (Pycanum rubens) and host plant Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa)

An SLR macro photography tip on where and how to find the bug/insect/macro subjects you want. This time it's about shield bug/shield bug nymph. If you want to find giraffe weevil/long necked weevil, you can find out more from here.

Most of the images here were shot with a Canon 40D, MPE65 1X-5X Macro Lens and MT24EX Macro Twin Flash with DIY Concave Diffuser.


A shield bug nymph Pycanum rubens sucking sap from a Simpoh Air leaf Dillenia suffruticosa. I have always thought that it can only moves its proboscis up, down, frontward, backward, i.e. all within the same plane, but obviously i was wrong. It can move its proboscis sideway too as evident in this pic.
Shield bugs (Pycanum rubens) and host plant Simpoh Air  (Dillenia suffruticosa)IMG_3164 copy

This will be the first of hopefully many more posts to come on some interesting insects/bugs and their host plants/favorite plants. This should make bug hunting easier, but as always, keep your eyes open and look just about anywhere and everywhere.

Simpoh Air plant (Dillenia suffruticosa) is a shrubby tree that grows vigorously on eroded soil, wasteland, forest edges and swampy areas. More info here. Image courtesy of CK Chow.
host plant for shield bug Dillenia suffruticosa simpoh air DSC00335 copy

An adult Shield bug (Pycanum rubens) on its favorite plant - Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa)
Shield bugs (Pycanum rubens) and host plant Simpoh Air  (Dillenia suffruticosa)


Adult Pycanum rubens shield bugs
Adult Pycanum rubens shield bugs on host plant simpoh air Dillenia suffruticosa DSC_1998 copy


Adult Shield bug and shield bug nymph (Pycanum rubens) sucking sap from a Simpoh Air leaf(Dillenia suffruticosa)
Shield bugs (Pycanum rubens) adult and nymph and host plant Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa)IMG_2514 copy

Another shield bug nymph (Pycanum rubens). This is was more mature than the pink one i think.
A green shield bug nymph on host plant simpoh air Dillenia suffruticosa............IMG_1053 copy

This shield bug nymph (Pycanum rubens) was less mature than the green one
Two shield bug nymph on host plant simpoh air Dillenia suffruticosa............IMG_0610 copy

Now that you have read about this slr macro photography tip, it's time to go look for your first pink shield bug nymph. Good luck!

I personally find that great books such as The Smaller Majority and great DVDs such as Life in the Undergrowth have benefited me tremendously.

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