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Grasshopperosaurus :-)

Grasshopperosaurus :-)
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 80-210mm, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/360 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Grasshopper, Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-20 17:18
Viewed: 5977
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Saga pedo (Pallas, 1771)
Subfamily: Saginae
Family: Tettigoniidae
Suborder: Ensifera
Order: Orthoptera

This is the largest grasshopper in Europe. A true dinosaur among these insects. With its ovipositor it reaches 11 cm in length. It's a flightless, apterous species which reproduces only parthenogenetically. Males were never found. As most other tettigoniids, it predates upon other insects.
It occurs only in southern Europe, ranging from Pyrenees to Western Siberia and Caucasus.

I found this amazing species when going around Rumija Mountain which is a southern bank of the Skadar Lake. Several individuals of that species were crossing the road. I spotted them from the car and at first wasn't sure if it's a mirage or a real insect.

cataclysta, blakitan, Hil, LordPotty, RAP, anavazao, red45, dew77, Miguelmm, liquidsunshine has marked this note useful
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Czesc Misiu
Bardzo fajna kompozycja i oczywiscie super zwierzak. Troche nieostry tu i tam ale mi sie podoba
Dobranoc :-)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-20 17:37]

Hello Michal,
stunning and impressive close-up with. Nice colours and great point of view. Superb!!
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Michal,
Superb macro-shot. Very sharp and great details. Nice DoF, focusing on the head. Well composed and nicely framed.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-20 19:20]

Hi Michal

Superb close shot of the Grashopper, the composition is excellent with great pose drawing our attention to the head where the detail is superb, nice clours and lighting too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Great macro Michal.
At 11 cm this is one big grasshopper!
Good colour and details here.
Sorry I have no points left.

Hello Michal
I must agree with Steve - that is one big grasshopper. Focus is spot on and the macro really let's us see this beauty. Well done.

Hello Michal,
Superbe prise de vue.
Bon éclairage sur la tête de cette sauterelle et belle netteté.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-21 3:47]

Hi Michal,

Nice macro of this hopper,well captured with good colors and details,well seen and captured,

yabadabadoo (your title reminds me of something.... LOL)


Of course a certain loss of DOF in a macro but sharpness is at the right place.
Good compo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-21 5:20]

Hello Michal

A very beautiful macro shot you have here!
The details and POV are great! Those thorns on his leg are really cool and well visible!
Lovely colors and contrast, too, nice lighting and framing.

Bravo, TFS and have a great weekend

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-21 10:58]

Impressive macro Michal, the might that looks this insect in its paws is tremendous.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, color, lighting, framing, background.

I like it: DOF, focus, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Great job.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hi friend,
superb light and sharpness! Beautiful point of view and excellent composition in particular of the different kinds of green! A very nice picture in general!
Take care Ana:)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-21 17:03]

Czesc Michale!

Wiem, ze moje slowa sprawia ci bol, jako milosnikowi podobnych stworow, ale ja jakos nie moge sie przekonac do nich ;-) Widok takiego 11 centymetrowego drania na pewno nie wzbudzilby u mnie uczucia milosci ;-) Bardzo ladne kadrowanie, ostro i wyraznie na oczach i pancerzu z tylu glowy, doskonale widoczne detale na nogach. Bardzo udane foto, chociaz jak juz pisalem nie moj ulubieniec :-)

Co slychac? Praca-dom-ciemno rano-ciemno po obiedzie. Jeszcze ze dwie wizyty w Ogrodzie Botanicznym i zamkna :-( Skupiam sie na akwariach - jak na razie Osliczki mi sie rozmnazaja, kielze przezyly, krewetki rosna :-)

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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 5:46]

Hello Michal,
Wonderful macro.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.

An outstanding capture of this beautiful insect!!!

Awesome POV and really nice sharp details!

I also like the colors and the DOF.
Tks for the description :)


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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-10-24 14:58]

Wow Michal,
so nice to hear you again :) I thought you already forgot this site :) I have not so much of time too, but I try to have a look here sometimes as possible. I see you got new journeys again? This close-up is wonderful, and you have very good optics on your camera.
Best wishes,

Hi Michal,
A grasshopper that's 11cm is huge. I wonder how far they can hop!
Excellent close up showing good clear and sharp detail.
Good colours and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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