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Pentatomidae

March 9, 2010
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While doing a small photoshoot of Alter’s figure incarnation of Mio from “K-ON!”, heard a buzzing noise and spotted this beetle stuck against the inside window, trying to get out into the sun again.

As I had my Canon 450D on hand with the EF 100mm f/2.8 macro USM lens mounted, couldn’t pass up the chance to snap some images of the beetle.

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It’s an insect from the Pentatomoidea family. Earlier though it was a Coridae beetle but was recently informed it’s in fact a shieldbug.

Pulled a leaf from a bush and had the beetle crawl onto it. The bright sunlight enabled a fast shutter speed so managed to snap some decent shots of it, even though could only hold my Canon 450D with one hand as I held the leaf in the other.

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Holding the camera with just one hand was challenging, had to switch from Manual mode to Av aperture priority and use autofocus.

Having been busy making photos indoors, had unscrewed the polarizing filter of my macro lens, which did show a bit on these pictures taken outside, they lacked a bit of punch so increased the vibrance setting in Photoshop just a tad.

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Oddly, when looking at images of insects online, tend to find them a bit scary, though I had no qualms snapping photos of this one or back when I photographed that Katydid.

You can see more photography here or on my Flickr photostream.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 3:27 am

    … Bugs… 😦
    Great shots though and impressive that you did it one handed.

  2. March 11, 2010 8:16 pm

    @Yi
    Creepy buggers aren’t they? ^^

  3. March 12, 2010 9:16 pm

    Ahh what a cute little bugger!
    I didnt know theyre already flying around since its so freaking cold

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