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First one of the year

First one of the year
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 4:03
Viewed: 2382
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the first grasshopper I've seen this year.
Latin name: Orthoptera

Size: There are eleven species of grasshopper native to Britain. They vary in length from 20 to 30mms depending on the species.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to October.

Habitat: Meadows and areas of rough grassland.

Food: Grass

Special features: For such a small creature the grasshopper can make a surprisingly loud noise. Walk past any patch of tall grass in the summer and you are sure to hear the males chirping to the females.

The noise is made by a row of pegs on their back legs, which they rub against their forewings. The wings help to amplify the sound. You can create a similar effect by stroking the teeth of a comb against the edge of a piece of cardboard.

Experts are able to identify the different species of grasshopper by the sound they make. Since each species has a slightly different arrangement of pegs on their legs, the sound they make is unique.

Their long, powerful back legs are also used as a defense mechanism. If the grasshopper feels threatened it can leap over quite long distances, and propel itself out of harms way. Hence the name.

They all have large eyes, and hearing organs located on each side of the body on the abdomen. They are active in daylight hours, and although they belong to the same family as crickets, grasshoppers have shorter antennae.

Grasshoppers lay their eggs in dry soil. The nymphs emerge around May the following year. There is no pupa or chrysalis stage in their life cycle. They simply grow, and molt several times until they reach adult size around August.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-21 4:22]

Hi Joe,

A nice capture of the first one,I have seen only the small ones uptill now,I visited your website and I must say it looks quite nice,the grasshopper looks great and the picture is nice diagonally composed,well done and tfs


Good one Joe,
A nice clean shot and interesting note.
I sure wish it was spring here ... the wind is howling and its persisting down with rain.
Oh well ... coupla months to go.
Cheers, Steve

selam joe; nice macro shot of this insect, good details presented,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hello Joe
Very intersting Grasshopper to shoot,
Perfect composition ,lighting and BG,


You're taking some great photos. I love the way you notice these little creatures when the rest of the world probably just walks right over them.
Great sharpness and composition. You always get the technical points down. :)

If you want to get some grasshopper photos, come to Texas --- you can't walk outside with them landing on you.

Hello Joe,
Very intersting Grasshopper,

....and it will NOT be the last, but since it is inaugural day for grasshoppers as well as first day of summer...we give you applause for capturing the moment:-)

Bob Washington, State, pacific NW, US

Very good capture of the profile of this insect, Joe.
The details on the entire grasshopper are precise and the composition is quite attractive.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Joe,
Very nice close up, with great sharpness and colours!

Regards, Peter

good macro joey

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-21 16:35]

Hi Joe. Great shot of the Grasshopper. you have captured the detail very well. sharp focus and good colours.i like your compostion with this one. very well done TFS./ great notes to.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-06-21 16:53]

Hello Joey,
after having overlooked what you did in the past I now inspect your gallery every time with anticipation. This a very good portrait of a grasshopper (last larva I guess), it might be Chorthippus species for all I know. . They have a interesting face. The composition and DOF and backgroud are good. Well done Joey,
Best regards,

Hola Joe:

Since(As,Like) of costubre a photo done with many technology(skill), precision and good taste.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-22 8:29]
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Hello Joe,
Excellent details and the diagonal composition looks very good
DOF is right on and the sharpness is great.

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of the grasshopper. Very good POV and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-22 11:40]
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Joe lovely and clear and crisp and details and excellent BG. TFS Ganesh

Hello Joey,
Extremely clean image with little distraction from the background. The details on your subject are very nice and clear also the colors are very rich. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-26 10:40]

Hi Joeym

An amazing macro of this grasshopper and a beautiful picture. Wonderful colors and details. I love the diagonal stalk it is on - excellent composition.


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