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Simply Red

Simply Red
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-16 1:07
Viewed: 3498
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The title was taken from the name of a British soul group, the lead singer of which has red hair.

The fact is that the presence of red pigment in hair or other tissues is due to recessive genes that occur in both the animal and plant kingdoms. In humans red-headedness is most prevalent in people of Celtic origins but it occurs in all human types.

No, this is not Lanzarote!

I came across this grasshopper while walking on an area that was once a coal tip but now has several unusual species of plants including Reseda, the food plant of the Bath White butterfly that very occasionally visits this area. There were no bath whites but saw instead this striking little red grasshopper.

Bow-winged Grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus

Swedish name: Slåttergräshoppa, meaning ‘Meadow grasshopper’.

Though normally this species is camouflaged with a pattern of browns greys and greens, this red form would only be camouflaged on the rosy-red flowers of Rose-bay Willowherb os similarly coloured flowers, it is very conspicuous especially against a BG of pieces of coal!

It is a very variable species and is known to have red forms like this one. This is a female with straight wings, while those of the male have a bowed lower edge. Though absent from the British Isles, it is one of the most common and widespread species in N. Europe. It is found in dry places and waysides, so that this former coal tip would be a suitable habitat.

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-16 1:15]

Hello Ivan,
What a special grashopper. Never seen in this colour. Beautiful photo in excellent sharpness, details and natural colours. Very nice contrast with the environment. Good POV and composition.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-16 1:15]

Waw, what a red beautiful grasshopper!
Sharpness capture, colors is wonderful, on this great rocks.
good job!

Hi and Good Morning Dostum Ivan,
An awesome macro capture of this strange red coloured grasshopper between the coal stones with an impeccable clarity, focus and composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Hi Ivan,

Wonderful capture of the grasshopper! Great sharpness, nice pOV and well chosen DOF. The colors are very natural and the contrast between the colors of teh grassshopper and the dark sorroundings is well shown.

Well done!

thanks and regards,
Paars Bhalla

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-16 2:05]

Hello Ivan,
Very interesting species. I haven't met its in my countryside. Good sharpness and uncommon BG pointed for its habitat.
Regards, Pawel

Beautiful Grasshopper, very colorful and sharp.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-16 2:37]

Slav Îvan,
What a beautiful capture of this red grasshopper.Excellent sharpness and details,great colors and POV.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Ivan

A new species for me, indeed I'm surprised I haven't seen it on TN before. Great colour, brilliant contrast with teh coal pieces. Excellent composition, sharpness and details.


An awesome shot, Ivan...THe note is also very interesting!
I like the stark simplicity of this shot, and it is this simplicity that brings out the beauty of it!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-16 3:10]

Hello Ivan,
I like this close-up of the grasshopper. Image is very sharp showing great details of the insect. Very nice worm light rendering well the colors.Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-16 4:23]

hello Ivan,
Was really thinking about Lazarote looking at your picture! Amazing red color, fitting perfectely to the black environment. I didn't know that Reseda flowers were foodplants for bath Whites. I know some place where they grow, next year I will go to have a look..
Always nice to see a grasshopper, I like them a lot and find them very photogenic :-)
Have a nice Sunday

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2009-08-16 4:50]

What an interesting grasshopper... I have never seen anything like it. Amazing colour.

This summer we had a visitor here in Småland of a mutual friend I think (Sigge L. from the botanical museum in Lund) and he managed to get me hooked on dragonflies and all that, so I guess I will also post some insect photos further on... ;o)


Hello Ivan,
I never saw a grasshopper with this "simply red" before. A wonderful capture. Well done and seen.

Bonjour Ivan
Première fois que je vois un sujet rouge !
Très belle prise, très originale, bonne netteté et couleurs
Amicalement Robi

hello Ivan
great composition with the black BG.
super colours and good sharpness
breautiful shot
greeting lou

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-16 10:24]

Bonjour Ivan, what a thing, I never even thought grasshopper could be red. This is a great shot, with nice notes, very good sharpness on the insect, and a nice contrast of the red against the coal. I didn't even know we could find coal like that on the ground. Thank you, I will go to bed with more in my head!


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-08-16 11:16]

wow, a pink grasshopper! :-) never saw one of those before. excellent capture and presentation.
best wishes & take care, thor.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-16 14:12]

Hi Ivan!

Rather surprising colour of this grasshopper. I've never seen red one. Very interesting observation and explanation in your note. To be honest red colour is perfect for composition with black rocks :-)

ciao Ivan!
the band of Mick Hucknall's (the red man),that I also like their music
has suggested the title for this unusual red grasshopper for North Europe, the color would be more suitable climates in most warm .. good capture and details

good week sERGIO

Hi Ivan,

I had always seen this kind of insect in green and dull yellow / brownish colour. But this is amazing. Nice capture! Superb macro with great details. Very well done. Good use of light. Very well done


Ciao Ivan. Great diagonal and dephting compo in excellent colours and details. TFS.


Hello Ivan!

Very interesting, exotic and colorfull grasshopper. Good POV with dorsal view and composition. Nice macro work!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-17 8:58]

Hi Ivan,top class pic as your style whit the best sharpness and colors.Another nice and strange specie in your incredible gallery...and today the title too is a great idea..ehehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hello Ivan
I have never seen a red Grasshopper before, great sharp composed shot
very good lighting and colors, superb contrast with the dark stones in the BG
Have a good night

Fantastic sharp-detailed photo of this insect. Splendid natural light and colours.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-18 1:07]

Amazingly pink colored grasshopper captured well in soft light with good details. tfs.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-26 19:39]

Hello Ivan,
I have to admit that I,ve never seen a red grasshopper before!!
Wonderful capture with super sharp detail and gorgeous colors. Excellent DOF. showing the entire insect in sharp focus. TFS.

Hello Ivan,

Superb detail and excellent composition in this shot. This color morph is very attractive and interesting.


Hello Ivan.
I like a few of the songs from the group Simply Red and thanks for some fact of the occurrence.
I have never seen grasshopper in this colors and thanks for sharing this great shot. Love the details and natural tone of the ground perch on those black rock.
Have a nice day.

Hello Ivan

Excellent macro of this insect with its
red color tones doing great contrast of
the rest of the image, beautiful light, TFS


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