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|Lygaeus creticus Lucas 1854|
Lygaeus creticus is a very common heteroptera of cretan flora. These bugs can reach about 11 to 12 millimetres in length. They have a characteristic red-black pattern, fully developed wings and long, powerful legs. The hemelytra have two transverse bands that reach the margin and a round white spot on the membrane. Scutellum is without bristles but with tiny hairs. The black band close to the eye is wider than the same.
Copulation in Lygaeus equestris L. (Heteroptera, Lygaeidae) is known to last 0.5ï¿½24 h. Here we see adults to mate on a wood on 5 March.
The red-black pattern has a deterrent effect and serves to protect the insect (Mullerian mimicry or Batesian mimicry). By storing the toxic ingredients of their food plants, they are unpalatable to potential predators.
These bugs feed on plant juices, particularly milkweed (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria), Spring pheasant's eye (Adonis vernalis) and sometimes also on dandelions. There were cases of big damage on sunflowers.
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- [2017-03-06 15:47]
An attractive image of these colorful mating insects, they look very similar to our Milkweed Bugs. Sharply focused and nicely framed. The exposure looks good, especially considering the harsh lighting you had to deal with.
Looks like the weather is getting warmer in your part of the world, Nikos. These mating bugs suggest that.
Very good capture from an apt perspective.
- [2017-03-08 12:54]
HI Nikos,lovely capture of these beetle mating,i like the POV from above and the great exposure and sharpness,well done this springtime preview! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO