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Ray

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A Happy Family Gathering
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:45:41 AM »

Whilst out for a walk recently in Brisbane, Australia, I came across a cluster of beetles or ladybirds spread over a single leaf.

I wish I'd had a high quality macro lens with me, but all I had was a Nikon D5300 and very basic 18-140 mm zoom. Nevertheless, I managed to get a few shots which are reasonably sharp.

I'm surprised that I couldn't find the name of this species of beetle (or ladybird), during a search on the internet. It has a remarkable, cartoon-like, smiling face on its back. (In case anyone is suspicious, this is not Photoshopped.)

I hope someone reading this can recognize the species. Maybe they are aliens.  ;)


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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 08:12:21 AM »

I believe they're harlequin bugs. See http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/harlequin_bug.HTM.

Nice photo, btw  ;)
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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 08:39:26 AM »

The Harlequin bugs look similar but not quite the same as the clearly defined, cartoon smile of my bugs. But thanks for the link.
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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 09:03:00 PM »

It is an immature (nymph) stage of the Blue Bug (Zicrona caerulea).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zicrona_caerulea
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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 06:46:06 AM »

It is an immature (nymph) stage of the Blue Bug (Zicrona caerulea).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zicrona_caerulea

Why are there no images on the internet of this immature stage? A clear and unambiguous impression of a human face on an insect is so remarkable, I would expect to see images of this on the internet.

Perhaps my image in this thread is unique. Perhaps no-one has ever photographed such a scene.
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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 08:22:19 AM »

Perhaps my image in this thread is unique. Perhaps no-one has ever photographed such a scene.
Perhas it's a Ray-bug, never before seen!   ;)
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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 06:53:17 PM »

Perhas it's a Ray-bug, never before seen!   ;)

That name would be far too simple, Eric.  ;)

I would deduce that the beetles on the leaf would be some species of 'Leaf Beetle'. Leaf beetles belong to the family Chrysomelidae, which is a word from Greek and Latin meaning 'Golden Apple'.

The Latin word for a happy facial expression using mouth, but without producing voice, is 'Risus'. Therefore, an appropriate name for this new species of beetle would be Chrysomelidae Risus. Okay?  ;D

Below is a 100% crop. I wish I'd been carrying a better quality lens.


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Re: A Happy Family Gathering
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 08:46:40 PM »

Charming, whatever their name.

And now I suggest that we get rid of the old term "smiley" and henceforth refer to those typographic gems as "ikons risus."

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