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Common House Cricket

Common House Cricket
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, Canon 52mm close-up lens 250D
Exposure: f/8, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-18 11:45
Viewed: 4530
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common House Cricket (male)
Acheta domesticus

House crickets are closely related to the Grasshoppers and locusts, and like them they have the hind legs which are modified for jumping ( In crickets, the tympanum (ear) is located on the tibia of the hind legs).
The adults are about 2 cm long, and pale brown with a black pattern on the head and thorax.
They have two pairs of wings of which only the back pair are for flying. At one time house crickets were associated with bakeries, but this is no longer so. Nowadays they are more likely to be found in warm ducts and in paneling behind heating installations, quite frequently in breweries.
Another way that house crickets get into domestic premises is when the occupants keep exotic pets such as tarantulas and lizards. These types of pets have to be fed live food and the poor old house cricket is the answer, however, if the owner isn't careful the live food tend to make a getaway........and disappear over the horizon, not really, they usually get under the floorboards and drive the occupants mad with their chirping.
House crickets often occur in new buildings and this is probably because such places provide good shelter and food, and half finished houses are easy to enter. It is also possible that these insects may, in some cases, be brought in with the building materials or packaging.

Taken at the Ecomuseum, through glass. Tripod used. Fun and patience used too.
I hope you like it.

electrunique, TAZ, ellis49, sAner, liquidsunshine, pgmoni, thistle, red45, Toni, marhowie, brouble, rlortie, dew77, Comandante, gerhardt, hummingbird24, tinman, carper has marked this note useful
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To hummingbird24: After the musico-therapy...Luc 6 04-20 12:47
To gerhardt: I am not used to insects...Luc 5 04-20 01:56
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Beautiful one! I personal find these Crickets very intelligent! It is sitting/standing in perfect line with the wood! Well done!

Very good macro Luc.
The macro-season have start, it's great.
Very good composition, light, colours and details.
Great work, my Canadian Friend

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-18 12:44]

Great, diagonal composition. Very nice & saturated colors. Sharp details and good POV & DOF. Well done Luc. No nits from my side. :) TFS!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-18 13:18]

Hey Luc, what capture, magnifique, bravo.!!!
Tres jolie. Excelent composition and details.
Well done.


Nice shot Luc,
Very sharp details, good composition. The light warms the image nicely.
Thanks for posting

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-04-18 15:06]

Une lumière très chaude pour cet amateur passionné de chaleur! Le point de vue est excellent et la mise au point sans reproche. Super travail...

Great shot Luc!
The light, colours, POV and composition are perfect.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-18 16:29]

Jolie prise avec une très belle lumière. J'aime beaucoup le diagonal ainsi que le contraste. Excellent travail.
Salutations Toni

You seem to have the difficult situation well under control, giving you a very good detailed image, Nice one TFS this one Luc.

J'aime beaucoup cette photo Luc: lumière, couleurs et fond. Avec la composition diagonale qui m'est si chère.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-18 22:06]

L'éclairage et le Bg sont tout simplements parfaits. Les couleurs et les détails excellents.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoi.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-19 0:07]

Closest view I have ever had of a house cricket, Luc! Such sharp details on this little bug. Beautiful colors on the insect as well as in the background. A fantastic shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-19 3:43]

Superb warm light Luc! Something so common and... ugly ;-) like Cricket looks beautifull on your photo. Details and textures are excellent. Diagonal composition and blurred BG complete the picture.


Wonderful macro Luc!
Great composition,good details!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-19 4:28]

Superb macro Luc.
Details,colors,lighting are wonderful.
Very clear shot!TFS...:))

Its not at all similar to our common cricket. Lovely macro shot, Luc. Exceptional DOF and sharpness. Very strong composition too. It looks like a juvenile with the short wings? Great shot, well done.

Hello Luc, I like this POV as your cricket is on this diagonal slope and "appears" to be moving upwards..The warm light illuminates all the anatomical structure of the cricket, displaying it very well. Well done my friend

In 1976 I was in BC near Golden. As we were driving down a very treacherous stretch of road, I caught a glimpse of movement on my shoulder. Looking, I saw the most horrific creature making its way towards my neck! I screamed (I am pretty sure it was a scream) for the driver to stop the car, NOW!
Before completely stopping, I jumped out, the whole time trying to dislodge this furry monster from my clothing.
By the time I was out of the vehicle, monster free, I found myself on the narrow edge of a huge mountain, looking straight down into the "bottomless" (ok, so there was a bottom, but it was very far away) abyss, just a couple of feet from mine. I searched every nook and cranny of that vehicle and could not find the hideous creature that had almost cost me my life and sanity.
I got back into the car, and we continued on our way.
About a half an hour later, guess what I saw crawling up my leg!? This time he stood no chance and finally (it is pretty gruesome, and only a few would really like to hear this, especially before breakfast!) I was rid of him for good.
Now, the only reason I mentioned this little story, is to say this: Luc, your cricket brings to mind a memory of a very interesting encounter with a species looking a bit like yours, only it had a furry back end and was gigantic. Yours is much better and quite tame looking.
An excellent capture. Your lighting is very nicely presented and such detail in your subject! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Personal assessment of the photo: perfect.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: very good.
The perfect DOF in th foreground added to the beautiful lighting is very nice, Luc. Thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-20 3:52]

Ah ! Ce Luc, il nous fait encore une belle photo pour cette superbe sauterelle. Très jolies couleurs avec le contraste bleu/orange et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done ! Points later...

Beautiful shot - clarity, position, everything great. Tim

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-21 13:57]

very good photo Here Luc,
I like the contrast in the good composition, very good details a very good pov and a exellent dof, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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