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Red Grasshopper

Red Grasshopper
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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: 2006-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-21 5:27
Viewed: 3593
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I wasn’t actually looking for grasshoppers when I came across this interesting red coloured grasshopper at Dharamsala, India, this summer. I was in hot pursuit of a rather flirtatious Peacock pansy when this insect hopped into view on the thorny branch of a wild rose bush. So I focused on the willing subject and ended up with this shot.
Once again, I have not been able to establish the ID of this particular one, so here is a brief note on grasshoppers in general.

Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.


The Caelifera 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.
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 30 segments, and caeliferans have less. 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

Thanks for looking.

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Thats an amazing insect Ram,and loks good next to the red thorn.
Focus is a touch soft but still worth showing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-21 6:39]

Hello Ram,
Nice shot of a grasshopper feeling that he looks like a rose thorn but being too big to convince any predator! I'm guessing but this might be a nymph, judging by the rudimentary wings.
This has pretty well allthe meritsof an excellent macro and thank you for yet another new insect experience for me.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Ram
Very nice shot of Grasshopper,
Beautiful colors and composition,


Hi Ram
Great shot.
Perfect composition & colours.
I like it.


Hello Ram,
impressingly powerful composition - that grasshopper does look ferocious himself when resting that close to these giant well contrasting thorns. Thank you!
Best regards,

hi Ram
vous avez le criquet et moi la sauterelle aujourd'hui.
tres bonne presentation avec de details tres present sur l'insecte.
bravo et bon week end.

Hello Ram,
This grasshopper has interesting color. Very nice composition and clearly seen image. Regards,

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-10-21 11:53]

Magnifique image colorée et pleine de détails


Hi Ram,
Great shot! Very good details and colours. I also like the compositions here.Best wishes.


Bonjour Ram
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec cette joli saterelle, comme toutes tes autres que tu nous as envoyées,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition et le Bg est super .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

Great macro shot Ram. Great sharpness, details, clarity and POV. Great colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-22 5:35]

Hello Ram,
Wonderful close up.POV,sharpness,details and framing are excellent.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-10-22 15:56]

Hi Ram,
Wow, lovely colour, so vibrant and eyecatching.I like the diagonal composition of the rose branch.The detail of the grasshopper is very good.Congrats on getting him before he hopped away.Have a good evening.
Regards, david

This is an absolute stunner, a clear winner in my book, a beautiful shot! The detail, colour, exposure and comp are brilliant...
Well done.

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