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Two of a Kind

Two of a  Kind
Photo Information
Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-06 13:02
Viewed: 3077
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

This shot was taken near a lake which is one of my favourite places to visit for my macro and nature photography. I often go there as it is a lovely place to be in if you'd like to experiment to take shots of different subjects. Anyway to get on with the picture, this was a very interesting moment for me as i could actually get close to these creatures and see their details so up close yet they were not frightened by my presence.

These are two Grasshoppers sitting side by side basking in the sun. While i was shooting this the other darker grasshopper was preparing itself for a huge hop, so i am afraid it didnít turn out to be all that sharp.

Here are few details on the grasshopper. Hope it's useful.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera

Grasshoppers have antennae that are almost always shorter than the body (sometimes filamentous), and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen (stridulation), or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the first abdominal segment. The hind femora are typically long and strong, fitted for leaping. Generally they are winged, but hind wings are membranous while front wings (tegmina) are coriaceous and not fit for flight. Females are normally larger than males, with short ovipositors. Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of the abdomen. Females have two pairs of valves ( triangles) at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

They are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera, but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production.

Hope you like it.

Thank you for visiting and your comments.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-06 15:31]

Hi Pearl,very nice and unusual couple of the same specie.Not a great sharpness,but the idea,the lights and a point of view are very nice.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

I wonder if they are a species and sub or vs versa???? they look to me as a slightly different and not in age....which now brings up a good question as to how many of these grasshoppers in sub species actually are there and it seems to me that they could mutate and nobody would notice!? An educational image Pearl!

Hello Pearl,
a beautiful picture of these Acrididae Grasshoppers taken from a very good POV in a lovely symmetric pose, splendid natural colours.
Best regards

Ciao Pearl, beautiful composition with lovely couple, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-07 3:54]

Hi Pearl.
it is so difficult to encounter this moment. You have captured it beautifully and swift enough .
well done and excellent use of light.


Helo Pearl
very well composed shot of this two grasshopper
great colors and lighting, i like her pose very much
Have a good night

Hellow Pearl,
This is a unusual but well captured photograph.Nicely composed showing the opposites of greens and browns on the hoppers.Your F 5.6 with limited depth has created a two layered image.Pity the brown fellow is slightly OOF, otherwise a great photo.

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