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Jewel bug wing display

Scutiphora pedicellata


This unique bug from the family scutelleridae, has an extended scutellum covering its entire abdomen and wings. A single movement of this shield and the wings slide out sideways for a one step rapid launch to escape. This bug was extending its left and right wings separately, possibly cleaning or stretching. .


In a nature reserve by the river beside the inner city of Melbourne.


(Scutelleridae) Two of these scarce insects were found on Thorny Box, Bursaria spinosa.

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MartinL 8 years ago

I have recently discarded the ring flash because it hardly improves my F stops anyway. I will now experiment with a diffuser on the camera flash. I think a point reflection is more acceptable than a ring reflection because everyone knows the bug is in the sunshine and not in the studio.

HenkWallays 8 years ago

I see the white in the eyes there , indeed. So far I do not use a flash (did so before) but with the camera's noise levels being that far better I actually try to work without and go higher into the ISO settings... sometimes having to de-noise the shot but it offers me more 'natural colors' . Heavy sunweather however is another disaster ;-) . Coudl a diffuser help you out (alhough on a ringflash .. I've not seen any myself )

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Beautiful images

MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Henk.
Some highly polished beetles are a disaster to photograph.
And spider eyes always reflect the ring flashes.

HenkWallays 8 years ago

It's quite a colorfull bug and possibly not all that easy to photograph when sunny (reflection)

MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Gilma

Great series and fantastic pictures of a gorgeous creature, MartinL.
Congratulations on the nomination for the "Spotting of the Week".

MartinL 8 years ago

Thank you Mark and Leuba.
Thank you Fyn Kynd.
Thanks for the nomination. I've never seen them showing off their wings like this before.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Splendid spotting Martin. Great information too. Thanks.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Nice beetle find! Congrats. I hope you had some gloves to shake the thorny box with.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 27, 2014
Submitted on Sep 27, 2014

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