I found this Horned Coreid Bug, Cletomorpha species in may garden. I was using Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. Illuminated with my LumiQuest SoftBox III fitted on Godox Ving V860C II E-TTL Li-ion Camera Flash.
Horned Coreid Bug, Cletomorph is a species that belongs to the family Coreidae. The literature on Cletomorph is lacking. The Coreidae is a large family of predominantly sap-sucking insects in the Hemipteran suborder Heteroptera. The name “Coreidae” derives from the Ancient Greek ????? meaning bedbug.
As a family, the Coreidae are cosmopolitan, but most of the species are tropical or subtropical. The common names of Coreidae vary regionally. Leaf-footed bug refers to leaf-like expansions on the legs of some species, generally on the hind tibiae. Coreidae are called twig-wilters or tip-wilters in parts of Africa and Australia because many species feed on young twigs, injecting juices that macerate the tissues of the growing tips and cause them to wilt abruptly.
The Coreidae commonly are oval-shaped, with antennae composed of four segments, numerous veins in the membrane of the fore-wings, and externally visible repugnatorial stink glands. They vary in size from 7 to 45 mm long, which implies that the family includes some of the biggest species of Heteroptera. The body shape is quite variable; some species are broadly oval, others are elongated with parallel sides, and a minority are slender.
In the nymphs, the openings of the two repugnatorial stink glands of Coreidae are visible as two projections or spots on the median line of the dorsal surface of the abdomen, one at the anterior and one at the posterior edge of the 5th abdominal tergite above the glands inside. During the final ecdysis, the anatomy is rearranged and the glands end up in the metathorax, opening laterally through ostioles between the mesothoracic and metathoracic pleura.
The Coreidae generally feed on the sap of plants. There have been claims that some species are actively carnivorous, but there is a lack of material evidence and in the field, some are easy to confuse with some species of Reduviidae, so doubt has been cast on the reality or significance of the claims.
Some Coreidae, such as Phyllomorpha laciniata, exhibit parental care by carrying their eggs. This behaviour significantly improves the eggs’ chances of avoiding the attacks of parasitoids.
EXIF info – Aperture : ƒ/13 | Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | Taken : 24 September, 2017 | Flash fired : yes | Focal length : 100mm | ISO : 400 | Location : 13° 4.0311′ 0″ N 74° 59.7279′ 0″ E | Shutter speed : 1/80s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.