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Rare Grasshopper

Rare Grasshopper
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 12:52
Viewed: 9846
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grasshopper from Madagascar: Phymateus saxosus or sosux
I found this grasshopper in the mountains of Isalo National Park, Province: Toliary (Tuléar) Southern Madagascar.
There isn’t much knowledge about this grasshopper. Only a few things: They are a member of the Pyrgomorphidae. The people there call it tumateus. It is about 10 cm and eats toxic plants. The grasshopper self is high toxic. Its high toxicity comes from milkweed or similar toxic plants.

It’s a scanned slide. Thanks to Photoshop this photo is acceptable to place it. In spite of this I hope you like it. There aren't many photos of this grasshopper.

scottevers7, jaycee, Mariol, marhowie, Necipp, fiyo, Adanac, Argus, livios, JORAPAVI, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-06-19 13:17]

hi peter,
a superb picture.really fantastic.the grasshopper is very colourful.good sharpness and composition.

Hi Peter,
WOW! that is one unique looking hopper. Vibrant yellow colored markings. Nice detail. I am sure that bright color tells the other creatures that he is not good to eat. Nice shot!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-19 14:45]

Hi Peter
that one really looks toxic!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-19 14:55]

Ha Peter,

Een mooie shot van deze aparte sprinkhaan,mooi geportreteerd en bedankt voor de introduktie,groetjes


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-19 17:12]

Hi Peter,

A very colorful butterfly for sure. You caught him in a good position to show him off well. Very good details. I like the red on the back of his head.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-19 19:33]

Hello Peter, Fantastic shot of this beautiful hopper, I love its colors. Very sharp and colorful, great POV and composition..well done

hi peter,
this hopper really looks very different, full of vibrant colours, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Peter,
Very interesting picture of this exotic insect. Good pose and colors, superb specimen. You are very fortunate having the opportunity to see such beauties.
Regards, Mario.

Nice macro of this rare and colorful specie Peter. A well composed frame with good details, thank you!

Hello Peter a lovely detailed shot well composed good dof and lovely colours tfs rgds Necip.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-22 7:38]

Hello Peter, very nice close up; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-23 7:45]

Hello Peter,
What wonderful color this hopper has, bright yellow and red to warn predators. Thanks for sharing and the good note.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-23 14:44]

Hello Peter,
This scanned shot of this strikingly coloured unusual grasshopper was well worth posting.Though a little soft, it is well composed and shows the colours well with a fine contrast against the BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-06-24 14:25]

Peter, a colorful bug.

I like saturation and colors. Yeah - thanks to technology you can share with us images like this.

Hola Peter,
Precioso ejemplar de gran belleza en su colorido, buenos detalles y agradable luz, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-01 9:54]

Hello Peter,
WHat a fantastic grasshopper in amazing colours and beautifully patterned. Great sharpness and I like the POV. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ola Peter.
Estive olhando sua galeria e notei belissimas imagens.
Esta é muito importante, um gafanhoto de madagasgar é um presente !

A colourful grasshopper here Peter. Good choice on vertical composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this insect with its metallic color tones,
fine POV to show its patterns, great contrast of the color tones, TFS


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