Bug filling station

Gil Wizen's Image

Gil first spotted this caterpillar, then peered closely and saw a ‘small red dot’. He crouched down on a slippery slope and took six exposures with different focus points, using software to combine the images to reveal a stink bug nymph.

The nymph has specialised mouthparts that it uses to syphon off the liquid haemolymph – the insect equivalent of blood – from inside the caterpillar. Unlike most stink bugs, this species feeds on other insects.

Behind the lens

Gil Wizen

Gil Wizen

Israel / Canada

Gil is a naturalist and photographer with a love for small creatures. He has an MSc in zoology and entomology, specialising in animal behaviour, and aims to dispel concerns and misconceptions around arthropods. He is also a science communicator involved in educational programmes and displays using live arthropods. His work has been featured in many magazines, books, newspapers and broadcast media.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 65mm f2.8 lens
  • 6x 1/100 sec at f11  •   ISO 400 Macro Twin Lite flash
  • Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador
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