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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-07 5:50
Viewed: 3131
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.


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. Ensiferans have antennae with at least 20-24 segments, and caeliferans have fewer. In evolutionary terms, the split between the Caelifera and the Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic boundary (Zeuner 1939).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper

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Ciao Ram, fantastic macro of splendid grasshopper with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, lovely diagonal composition, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,

Well, I must say that is one of the most vivid grasshoppers I've seen recently. Good job of lighting and focus. Excellent note.

Greetings & TFS


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-07 8:03]

Hello Ram,
I liked your unusual POV and the result with nice DOF.
You show us nice details and great natural colours about this little Grasshopper.
Thanks for posting MF.
Best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-07 8:17]

Hi Ram. This is a fine close up of this Grasshopper. Looking down on the insect we can see all of the body with good detail and natural colours. All with interesting notes.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-07 8:21]

Hi Ram

I'm not sure what surface it is sitting on, but the darkish marble like BG makes this
hopper stand out very well. I just love those yellow eyes and the yellow fringes of the
thorax plate. Perhaps a wee bit short on the DOF with the right hind leg showing slight
fall off, but no big train-smash there. It is nice to see a slight posterior POV and not the
usual side or top views. Take care MF.

Well done and TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-07 8:27]

Hi Ram,
Excellent capture of this grasshopper.Sharpness,DOF,exposure and details are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-07 9:25]

Hello Ram,
A fine macro of this species of grasshopper that looks to be quite large. The POV shows most of its features with good overall sharpness, colours and fine contrast against the black granite BG.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-07 13:17]

Hi Ram

Excellent shot - great detail and composition.

Short - on hotel wi-fi - sorry!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-07 14:32]

Hi Ram,very nice specie of grasshopper,excellent sharpness and colors,i like a lot this strange point of view and the background strange too...excellent and interesting work my friend! Have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Ram.
Very good photo with clear details, lights and colors...Excellent notes...TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-07 23:36]

Hello Ram.
Excellent details .This is a good shot. Very well composed and the exposure is spot on. Good POV and DOF. Well done & TFS!
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram,
A great macro with good contrast on a dark Bg

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-08 11:34]

Hello Ram,
An impressive grasshopper with amazing "thorns" on its hind legs! I like the colors of this shot, the dark blue of the ground and the green of the grasshopper making a beautiful contrast. A fine diagonal composition too.
Interesting posting, I always notice that these creatures are very difficult to identify, even in our regions.
Kind regards

Hello Ram
What a fine detailed grasshopper, each part is sharp and well seen,
his diagonal pose and the dark BG help for a great composition
Have a good night

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