|Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo)
|Date Taken: 2005-08-08|
|Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-09-26 14:53|
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|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Size Length: 18 - 24 mm
This is probably the most frequently seen grasshopper; it is fairly large and occurs in a very wide range of colours ,including green, brown and purple, usually with a variable amount of black, brown or grey mottling . The tough forewings, which protect the delicate membranous hind wings, are long, and in common with all Chorthippus spcies, have a bulge near their base. Most individuals have an orange tinge at the tip of the abdomen . This species can be identified by the low number of 'stridulatory' pegs on the legs used to produce the very charcteristic song .
Common throughout Britain , and found throughout Europe including the Iberian Peninsula. It is more common in the north of its range .
You can view distribution information for this
species at the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
Occurs in a range of dry, grassy habitats. It is often common in dry parkland, roadsides and waste ground .
This grasshopper is a strong flier, and is active in warm weather ; on warm days it can frequently be seen sunning itself on walls, bare ground and paths . The song consists of chirps lasting half a second long. Males often chirp at each other in turn; these 'rivalry' songs are very characteristic of the species . During courtship they produce a 'ticking' sound when paired with a female . These sounds are produced by 'stridulation', in which the hindlegs are scraped against veins on the forewing .
During summer, females lay a large egg pod containing up to 15 eggs in dry ground just below the surface, or sometimes in anthills. The egg is the overwintering stage ; they hatch in May and adults appear in June. Grasshoppers undergo a type of development known as 'incomplete metamorphosis', in which the larvae, known as 'nymphs' resemble wingless adults, and progress through a series of moults before reaching maturity . Adult common field grasshoppers are better able to survive cold weather than many other species of grasshopper, and they can occasionally survive until December .
This species is not threatened.
Notes are from:Arkive.org
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- [2005-09-26 14:58]
Hello Fikret, amazing close up: sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is good!! Congratulations Didier.
- [2005-09-26 15:08]
The picture is absolutely outstanding. Perfect POV and superb light. It makes it all the more a pity that the note is inaccurate. This is NOT a grasshopper (acrididae), even less a chorthippus. It is a female Bush Cricket - can't tell the family, as I am not familiar with the fauna of your area.
What a beautifull image Fikret! Great capture of the lighting conditions, tack sharp and very well composed. I would be very proud of an image like this! Best regards,
- [2005-09-26 16:28]
Very nice picture Fikret, But for the identification, i have to agree with Philippe, it's not a grasshopper, but a cricket.
Grasshopper/cricket anyway, your shot is realy sharp and well composed.
- [2005-09-26 18:57]
Excellent composition, very good background.
- [2005-09-27 2:51]
Great shot, Fikret. I like the juxtaposition of the cricket's spiny legs, and the spikes on the branch. Beautiful composition, sharp details. Well done and TFS. : )
All is beautiful in this picture.
- [2005-10-17 8:16]
Very nice close-up. Good DOF, colors & contrast.
Terrific shot Fikret, the light is perfect!!!