Readers’ wildlife photos

Here’s a selection of  lovely insect photos from reader Mark Jones. Stay tuned for his next contribution, “The storks return to England”!  Mark’s notes and IDs are indented:

A few more macros, this time a variety of shield type bugs. They are pretty strange looking beasts but as usual the complexity revealed at the macro level is fascinating.

The first four are forest bugs (Pentatoma rufipes). I think the different colourings are because they are at different stages of development. These are commonly found wandering on the leaves of oak trees and similar foliage.

The fifth photo is a dock bug (Coreus marginatus).  

And I’ve added a pretty, but mildly toxic, cinnabar moth caterpillar (Tyria jacobaeae), on its favourite plant, ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris).


  1. Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Wow, Mark, these are just fantastic! Nice work!

  2. rickflick
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Fine portraits!

  3. Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos Mark! Nice bokeh, what lens are you using?

    • Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Thanks jblilie, these are a mixture of Tamron 90mm f2.5 and the similar Tamron 90mm f2.8. Both vintage lenses, which, as well as being cheaper, offer a different look to modern macros.

  4. Posted July 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I really like your lighting in these pictures. Lovely stuff.

  5. Debra Coplan
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink


  6. Posted July 9, 2020 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Stunning macro photography!

  7. Charles A Sawicki
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Nice shots of forest bugs!

  8. Mark R.
    Posted July 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Love your macro’d bugs!

  9. Posted July 9, 2020 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Big shield bug fan here. I could get use to having two Marks submit buggy photographs to WEIT.

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