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Natura Mirabilis – Panel No. 19

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marroniers.

We still call him ‘the devil’ or ‘looking for noon’. The European firebug, or ‘gendarme’ in French (Pyrrhocorisapterus), is clearly identifiable by the African mask on its back, but is still just a bug. Very gregarious, it moves on trunks in large groups.

100 mm macro – f/8 – 1/40 s – 800 ISO

On the cartel

In the bark folds, a strange parade takes place. A troop of gendarmes in single file are carrying out an inspection there. Are they looking for the high spot that they enjoy, or the eggs of other insects to feast on?