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Copyright: Amruta Malavade (amruta) (36)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8.2
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 7:32
Viewed: 2497
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Appearance (Morphology)

* Brown, with some darker markings
* Black herringbone pattern on hind femur
* Big hind legs for jumping
* 2 pairs of wings: forewings narrow and relatively hard; hind wings large, membranous
* Antennae not very long, 20-24 segments
* Conspicuous eyes
* Cerci (pair of appendages at end of abdomen) unjointed

Adult Males and Females
Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of abdomen. Female has two pairs of valves (triangle shapes) at end of abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

Immatures (different stages)
In very young stage, the grasshopper has no wings. In later stages, wings are visible as small pads at end of thorax.

Natural History

Many species of grasshoppers are general herbivores feeding on a variety of plants. Some species only like grasses.

Widespread in U.S.

Birds, lizards,mantids, spiders, and rodents eat grasshoppers.

Interesting Behaviors
Feeding: Although they eat many things, they still have preferences. Mating behavior: See how male courts female. Egg-laying: Female digs hole with abdomen. Some grasshoppers spit a brown bitter liquid as a defensive behavior in response to being handled. Use a piece of white paper and gently wipe the grasshopper's mouth if the spit is not evident. Before molting, grasshoppers do not eat and become less active. During the molt, they swallow air to build up pressure to split the old cuticle.

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Ciao Amruta, great macro of wobnderful grasshopper, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Amruta, though this is a very good macro capture of a Grasshopper, I have some suggestions/observations to make so that your presentations turn more appealing and wholesome:
1. While you frame a shot through your view-finder or LCD screen, make sure that the entire subject is within it. In the present case, you have snipped off part of the right antenna (hornlike appendage) either in your original camera frame or while editing it later.
2. It is a general rule of better composition that we leave more free space in front of the subject and less at the back. In this case, the front space is not only scanty but also with a part of the subject cut/cropped off.
3. Regarding writing notes on a subject, first of all, we have to identify the exact ID of the subject. In case we succeed in identifying the subject correctly, we reproduce a note either wrtitten by us on the basis of our first-hand knowledge about it or by copying and pasting information about it from a genuine source like Wikipedia or any other. It looks like you copied and pasted information on this Grasshopper without mentioning its exact ID (Common name and Latin name etc). Remember that there are thousands of Grasshopper species and unless we are fully certain about the exact ID of the one we have shot, it is better to write a note on Grasshoppers in general. In your note, the 'Habitat' info says it is found all over the US while you shot your subject in India.
3. Now on the positive note:
a) Very good focus on the subject
b) Rich and attractive colours
c) A Bug matching the colour of the Grasshopper's leg is piggy riding on its back. A very interesting happening!
Hope you did not mind my long lecture. Can't help it, being a teacher by profession. :)
Keep shooting and you are sure to get better and better.

Hi Amruta,

Very nice picture of this grasshopper. The sharpness is very well. I think the cropping is too tight. Try to keep some space around your object.
Well done & TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-07-27 9:13]

Hi Amruta, again.
Once I pictured the lady bird with exact small red parasites on it. It is funny. Sharpness and reproduction of the insect are very good as well as pleasant colourfool smooth BG. My best regards.
P.S. Ram's recommendations are great. They will help to make perfect shots.

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