Saturday, June 07, 2014
Birch Shield Bug Close Up
I used the Photoshop Sketch - Water Paper filter only for the background. I left the bug and leaf alone. Except where the edges merged with the background, they're the original photo.
I posted a picture of the birch shield bug in 2011 with a description from Dominque M/ Collet's Insects of south-central Alaska. Yes, it's really called a bug. Elasmostethus interstinctus if you want to be formal.
I'm proud of myself. I didn't look at the computer until 3pm today. Puttering around in the yard was good.
If you have an Alaska bug you can't identify, the Cooperative Extension Service has a form you can submit online or in person.
By the way, here's a site that has pictures of a lot of different shield bugs.