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September 12, 2018
The art of taking a macro photograph of a mischievous insect and turn it into something beautiful. Lacebug Tingidae by melvynyeo 
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Lacebug Tingidae

Shoot this lacebug on a UV filter to hightlight its beauty. Taken at night in Singapore.

The Tingidae are a family of very small (2–10 mm (0.08–0.39 in)) insects in the order Hemiptera that are commonly referred to as lace bugs. This group is distributed worldwide with about 2,000 described species.

They are called lace bugs because the pronotum and fore wings of the adult have a delicate and intricate network of divided areas that resemble lace. Their body appearance is flattened dorsoventrally and they can be broadly oval or slender. Often, the head is concealed under the hood-like pronotum.

Lace bugs are usually host-specific and can be very destructive to plants. Most feed on the undersides of leaves by piercing the epidermis and sucking the sap. The then empty cells give the leaves a bronzed or silvery appearance. Each individual usually completes its entire lifecycle on the same plant, if not the same part of the plant.

Most species have one to two generations per year, but some species have multiple generations. Most overwinter as adults, but some species overwinter as eggs or nymphs. This group has incomplete metamorphosis in that the immature stages resemble the adults, except that the immatures are smaller and do not have wings. However, wing pads appear in the second and third instars and increase in size as the nymph matures. Depending on the species, lace bugs have four or five instars.

Lace bugs sometimes fall out of trees, land on people, and bite, which, although painful, is a minor nuisance. No medical treatment is necessary.
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Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
60 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 13, 2018, 8:55:29 PM
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GeaAusten's avatar
Its wings look like stained glass.  Such a beautiful shot.
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Really pretty bug
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It looks like stained glass window, its so pretty!
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so beautiful.. well done !
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Congrats on the DD! <3
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This is exquisite! It looks like a glass mosaic! Congrats on the DD!
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woo hoo! :thumbsup::D!!! I suggested this too, just wanted you to know!  I'm so happy it got featured! It's Beautiful! :heart:!!!

Very nicely done!!
Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
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Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!! :iconflyingheartsplz:Love:iconflyingheartsplz:
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Congratulations on the DD!
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Bugs give me the heebiye jeebies but still can't stop appreciating the wonderful things they are in this world. Whether they are helpful or a nuisance, they are a marvel and this one, upon reading your description of how damaging they can be to crops, is absolutely gorgeous! :heart: These are things character design is made for! Thank you for bringing it to everyone's attention but most importantly, thank you for the very last line! :D

Congratulations on your DD! :ahoy:
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Congratulations on your beautiful DD! ❤
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Congrats on ur DD!!! :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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impressive insect :wow:
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Incredible ART...! So brilliant and sweet:)
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Very nice. Thanks for the information.
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Amazing it looks like if it glows in the dark!
Grate catch! 
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It's a fairy in disguise!
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