Insects and Bugs

A Collection of Stinky Stink Bugs

Over the past few years I have collected various macro photos of different bugs. A number of those bugs smell pretty terrible when disturbed or threatend. Here are a few of those stinky insects:

Green Stink Bug (Family: Pentatomidae)

Green Stink Bug

Brown Stink Bug (Family: Pentatomidae)

Brown Stink Bug

Another Brownish Stink Bug (Family: Pentatomidae)

Light Brown Stink Bug

Twig Wilter Bug (Family: Coreidae)

Twig Wilter Bug

A Collection of Ants

Over the years, I have taken many macro shots, some being ants. Here are some of the shots  have taken mostly with a Canon 7D with a Raynox DCR250 filter attached to give a little amplification.

3mm Ant with its lunch

Ant with lunch



Less is more ( an entry for a local competition )
less is more


3mm Ants having a morning chat.

Ants having a morning chat


A really upset ant taken at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This ant is commonly known as the Bal-byter ant (Camponotus fulvopilosus)

Bal-byter ant


Sunflower Seed Bug

This Sunflower Seed Bug, Agonoscelis versicoloratus, was shot with a Tamron 70-300mm Macro lens with a Raynox DCR-250 converter lens for the amplification of the subject. They are pretty small insects, about 10 to 12mm in length. They feed mainly on seeds from sunflowers and can be minor pests. They are also part of the family Pentatomidae which consists of shield bugs and stink bugs. They are well armed with stink glands for protection from predators.

Sunflower Seed Bug

Honey Bee

Honey bees come from the family Apidae and its scientific name is Apis Mellifera. Honey bees range in sizes from around 13mm to 15mm in length. They are truely social insects and have a division of labour amoungst themselves. Their nests (hives) are predominantly made from wax and resins and are built in existing cavities. Worker bees are black with redish brown bands and have black legs and clear wings. The queen bee looks like the worker bees but is larger and drones are much darker and their abdomans lack the banding and are sqaured off. This bee picture was shot in my back yard.

Honey Bee

Honey Bee Mimic

The Honey Bee Mimic comes from the Family Syrphidae and the Order Diptera. It forms part of the Hover Fly Group with its scientific name being Eristalinus Taeniops. It is identified by being a medium sized bee mimic with black bars on its eyes, a dull orange thorax and a yellow and black striped abdomen. If it is caught, it buzzes aggressively but is completely harmless as it has no sting. They are widespread in Africa and Asia.

Honey Bee Mimic

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males are typically red bodied with red leading wings. Their food mainly consists of passing insects.

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

Common Green Mantid (Mantis) Head

This picture is a macro shot of a Common Green Mantid (Mantis)Family Mantidae. Its scientific name is Sphodromantis Gastrica. These mantids have large bodies of about 55mm in length, they are robust and bright green. The females are much fatter than the males. Their diet consists of mainly caterpillars and insects. They are extremely common in gardens, in trees and in undisturbed vegetation. This macro was taken with a Canon MPE65 Lens at about 3.5X.

Common Green Mantid

Elegant Grasshoppers

The Elegant GrasshopperZonocerus Elegans, from the family Pyrgomorphidae is a medium to large grasshopper with black antennae with orange rings. The head is mostly black with touches of blue, orange and yellow. These grasshoppers are classified as pests as they damage vegetables and fruit trees. They do, however, have a preference for milkweed. When disturbed, they can emit a nauseating yellow fluid.
Eggs are laid in autumn and remain in the ground for six months until they hatch in spring. The hoppers reach full maturity in 75 days. These two were photoed in a large field on the Assegaaibosch Country Lodge Estate.

Elegant Grasshoppers