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Sep 23, 2013 9:18 PM

Help with bug identity please

Found this orange coloured bug on a honeysuckle and have so far been unable to identify what it is. It was about 5mm long and as can be seen in the photos had a distinctive orange triangle with a black mark on it on top of the front end of its body. The wings also have orange and black spots on the tips. Can anyone provide me with an id please?

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    Sep 23, 2013 9:56 PM (in response to GrahamPD)
    Re: Help with bug identity please

    Graham,

     

    I'm struggling on this one, too...

     

    Some of these true bugs are very difficult to ID to species level (or as in this case even to genus).

     

    My best guess is Deraeocoris ruber

    - http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Miridae/deraeocoris_ruber.html

     

    But I can't rule out

    - Orthops basalis

    - Lygus cf. pratensis

    But there are things with both that don't fit...

     

    Anybody else?...

     

    Mike

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        Sep 23, 2013 10:23 PM (in response to GrahamPD)
        Re: Help with bug identity please

        Graham,

         

        Yes, mirid bugs' coluration does vary within species, sometimes quite a lot.

        No, I think it is an adult.

         

        You could try emailing British Bugs for help.

        If you get an ID, please let us know (especially if they use your photo!)

         

        Mike

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            Sep 24, 2013 7:09 AM (in response to GrahamPD)
            Re: Help with bug identity please

            Graham,

             

            Jolly good.

            I can see how your specimen has various factors in common, but yours does seem to be a rather different shape and colouration. Was Joe interested in using your photo (with your permission, of course) ? I think it would definitely be useful - filling-out part of the spectrum of variability in that species. I can understand, however, that it might not meet his requirements (whole insect, better depth of field).

             

            As far as I'm concerned, thanks for providing good photos. They enabled us collectively to make the ID.

             

            Mike

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                Sep 24, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to GrahamPD)
                Re: Help with bug identity please

                Graham,

                 

                You don't need to go as far as focus stacking. Just a moderately small aperture. I can be pretty sure most the photos on Joe's site did not entail focus stacking. A 90mm prime lens + ext.tubes should be fine. I find f22 works best on my Micro Nikor 70-180 macro; by 'best' I mean best compromise between sharpness and DoF. And you'd be helped in this sort of scenario by using a lower magnification to frame the whole insect.

                 

                Thanks for your appreciation.

                 

                Mike

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