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black-striped orange plant bugs - Lopidea

black-striped orange plant bugs - Lopidea
Guilford College campus, near the pond, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
July 15, 2005
The funny thing is, it wasn't until I was cropping this image just now, in preparation for posting it here, that I noticed the third bug - the green, lacy, homopteran-looking critter - in the photo! The Hemipterans seem morphologically like Mirids; pattern loosely resembles Lopidea. Morphology also seems vaguely compatible with a Lygaeid, but these sure aren't feeding on seeds...

I concur with Lopidea, and am moving to that guide page.

We had been cropping some of your images a little thinking you did not have access to a cropping utility. Now that we see this comment we realize our assumption was wrong. We would suggest that you be a little more aggressive in your cropping. You will notice that most of the images in BugGuide are images of just the bug. That's it. No more. Sometimes people are trying to show something interesting about the life cycle of the animal and include flowers, webs, etc. But, for example, in the picture above, none of the surrounding image adds anything to the knowledge of the insect or helps in any way to identify it. We would crop this to a tenth of what you have here. Again we apologize for our false assumption.

Okay, have substituted a much more tightly cropped image for the larger, older one. The main reason I crop more loosely is that my camera is fairly crude, as digitals go, and the images often start to look cruddy as one magnifies too closely, the bugs look crisper in larger images. It probably doesn't help that my cropping utility is Microsoft Paint, much cruder than things like Adobe Photoshop, which I've been needing to buy for months now...

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