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Callimenus dilatatus


Callimenus dilatatus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1, Panasonic Four/Third 14-45
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-16 7:18
Viewed: 4219
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My trip through Turkey:

on my way from Elbeğendi to Midyat near the Syrian border I encountered several of these huge crickets walking on the road (see Map). What could they be?

ID: Orthoptera; Tettigoniidae; Bradyporinae; Callimenus dilatatus (Stål 1876); Tombul Çekirge. The depicted Bush cricket is a female, about 60 mm long. It has greatly reduced wings. First I used the book of K. Harz, 1969. The Orthoptera of Europe, Vol. 2.Junk N.V. The Hague NL to find out more. But the book does not cover Turkey. The check list of the Turkish Orthoptera by Mustafa Ünal (www.members.tripod.com/Cesa88/orthtr.htm) contains 5 species of Bradyponinae for Turkey. Thank you, Umit (cebapci) for precious help with the ID!

Our friend Bayram (boreocypriensis) has recently presented a related species, C. macrogaster .

The animal has been shot with 200 ISO, in RAW, with 90 mm zoom.

Alex99, CatherineD, rockisland, Miss_Piggy, anel, peter_stoeckl, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-16 7:24]

Hi Dietrich,

Excellent photo of this endemisch Turk Orthoptera, TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-16 9:18]

Hi Dietrich.
I have never seen this species. It is very attractive and uncommon. I like how well new camera works in your hands. Great sharpness and details of the insect. Superb low POV and composition. My kind regards and all the best.
Alexei.

Hi Dietrich,
kann der bei seiner Körperfülle überhaupt noch hüpfen? Habe noch niemals zuvor so einen propperen Kerl gesehen, auch die Farben sind unglaublich, die perfekte Ritterrüstung. Klasse Bild mit guter Schärfe, man sieht jedes Detail von diesem unglaublichen Hüpfer, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Dietrich,
Nice meeting on your Turkish trip! Very pretty bush cricket, with nice colours and great details. Cheers,
Catherine

Hallo Dietrich
It is great to see a post from you after such a long time. A great image, with some lovely detail, beautiful complimentary background, colour and just the right amount of depth of field. This Bush cricket looks like it is on its way to war, dressed like a soldier and now you tell me my soldier is a female. You have caught a great pose here. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-17 1:58]

Lieber Dieter,
Auf deinem Weg bist Du gar eigentümlichen Wesen begegnet und gross sind diese Strassenritter auch. Ich habe verglichen mit dem Bild von Bayram, aber Dein Hopper sieht wirklich anders aus. Interessant!
Einen schönen Tag wünscht Dir
Anne

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-17 6:54]

Hi,
Fine image of this interesting insect, well captured. tfs.
nagraj.v

Lieber Dieter,
erschreckend große, sehr wehrhaft wirkende Schrecke, und offenbar noch nicht einmal zur Gänze ausgewachsen. Sehr eindrucksvolle Begegnung, wie sie wohl nur einem Radfahrer in solcher Unmittelbarkeit gelingen kann. (Der übliche moderne "Abenteuer"-Reisende im klimatisierten Geländewagen hätte nicht einmal registriert, was er auf der Straßendecke alles plattwalzt.)
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüssen,
Peter

Looks like a barefoot pilgrim long away from his target. With the parameters shown and and in sunny day of Mardin, it's an excellent capture.

I guess the species should be Callimenus dilatatus (Stal, 1876), as the other species has an Aegean distribution pattern. This one is more wide spread and brownish in color.

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