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Sulawesi Insects

Sulawesi Insects
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 9:20
Viewed: 3830
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This series of postings is intended to increase the knowledge on Sulawesi's biodiversity. Except for butterflies, little is known on most other insect groups and on spiders of this huge island. Many new species can be expected to be discovered. Large parts of Sulawesi are only poorly explored also with respect to butterflies, such as the south-eastern Peninsula, Sulawesi-Tenggara.

Please note that I added the additional category
'Shortcomings' to my notes

The picture shows a well camouflaged grasshopper species of the
- family: Pyrgomorphidae
English: Spear-headed grasshoppers
German: Kegelkopfschrecken

The last shown grasshopper was also well-camouflaged but adapted to the ground structure and colours. This one is perfectly hidden in the vegetation. A second specimen was resting under the leaf - you can see one antenna.

Rain forest margin, about 20 km east of Kolaka (Indonesia, Southeast-Sulawesi) where I found numerous interesting animals.

- bright natural light (ISO 400)
- no wind
- handheld

- I'm not satisfied with the composition of the picture which does not produce any kind of geometric tension but appears more or less boring.

* Knight WJ, Holloway JD (Editors) (1990) Insects and the rain forests of South East Asia (Wallacea). - The Royal Entomological Society of London.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-04 9:23]

What a interesting grasshopper!
Great sharp details and colors are very beautiful!

Hello Peter, my today's neighbor!
First of all - I do not agree that in this picture there is anything "boring". Green insect on gren leaf maybe is not too spectacular, but at least because of region - image is very interesting :)
The creature is interesting too, even for someone like me, who is not specialist in Orthoptera. Nice to find the antenna of hidden specimen! :>
All the best from winter Lodz,

In this case it's interesting to have the background of the same color, to evidence the camouflage capabilities of the insect. Well done. Congratulations and Happy New Year!

Hi Peter
Wonderful green grasshopper!
Great sharpness of the details.
Great shot!

hallo Peter
this is again a super picture of this strange grasshopper
super pose and good details
greeting lou

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-04 12:13]

Great image again dear Peter.
In fact I'm a little bit envious about your trip in Indonesia.
You are in a paradise of incredible insects MF.
Thanks a lot for sharing this beauty.
See you,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 12:14]

Hello Peter,
What a special grasshopper. How did you find this green on green? You got sharp eyes. Great sharpness and details in beautiful camouflaged colours. Excellent POV.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-04 15:34]

Beautiful shades of green captured well and the grasshopper just blended in its habitat. Well done. tfs.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-04 15:36]

Hi Peter,
A year of good health, happiness and all you want you and your loved ones!
Thank you very much for the visits you've made on my gallery and comments frumaose that you wrote.
I note that you started the new year 2010 with an exceptional macro.
Best thoughts,

Peter! this surprises me, but in October of 2009 I photographed a couple of insects equal to that here in Venezuela!

I found in a rain forest at 1,200 masl near a creek, among the foliage of plants. The place is in the state of Carabobo, central mountains of the coast.

I have not posted my photos because I was a bit low quality (more than usual) and because I do not know what kind of insect is this!

In gratitude, I wanted to publish these two pictures as WORKSHOP for this shot. I hope it will be useful.

Very good catch, thanks for the information attached.

I repeat: The nature amazes me! two insects alike in places as distant.

Thanks for sharing and teaching!


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 11:55]

Hello Peter.

Amazing capture you show us here of this grashopper.
I can imagine that it´s difficult to see the green of the grasshopper is the same as the green in the background and it contrast a little with it.
But i always am pleased seeing an insect the first time, therefore thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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