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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Grasshopper, Alex99's favorite photos, Fantastic macros! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-06 7:50
Viewed: 4428
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change color and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.

The grasshopper's reproductive system consists of the gonads, the ducts which carry sexual products to the exterior, and accessory glands. In males, the testes consist of a number of follicles which hold the spermatocytes as they mature and form packets of elongated spermatozoa. After they are liberated in bundles, these spermatozoa accumulate in the vesicula seminalis
In females, each ovary consists of ovarioles. These converge upon the two oviducts, which unite to create a common oviduct which carries ripe eggs. Each of the ovarioles consists of a germarium (a mass of cells that form oocytes, nurse cells, and follicular cells) and a series of follicles. The nurse cells nourish the oocytes during early growth stages, and the follicular cells provide materials for the yolk and make the eggshell (chorion).

Six stages of development, from newly-hatched nymph to fully-winged adult. (Melanoplus sanguinipes)During reproduction, the male grasshopper introduces sperm into the vagina through its aedeagus (reproductive organ), and inserts its spermatophore, a package containing the sperm, into the female's ovipositor. The sperm enters the eggs through fine canals called micropyles. The female then lays the fertilized egg pod, using her ovipositor and abdomen to insert the eggs about one to two inches underground, although they can also be laid in plant roots or even manure. The egg pod contains several dozens of tightly-packed eggs that look like thin rice grains. The eggs stay there through the winter, and hatch when the weather has warmed sufficiently. In temperate zones, many grasshoppers spend most of their life as eggs through the "cooler" months (up to 9 months) and the active states (young and adult grasshoppers) live only up to three months. The first nymph to hatch tunnels up through the ground, and the rest follow. Grasshoppers develop through stages and progressively get larger in body and wing size. This development is referred to as hemimetabolous or incomplete metamorphosis since the young are rather similar to the adult.

Saludos Luis52.

vanderschelden, MMM, eqshannon, fartash, jaycee, JoseMiguel, Tamrock, earthtraveler, dejo, jjcordier, angybone, Juyona, Alex99, Silke, nglen, Silvio2006, cicindela has marked this note useful
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To Alex99: Thanks.Luis52 1 11-07 09:55
To marmottelolo: Great Work.Luis52 1 11-06 08:36
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Hello Luis,
Good sharpness. Well composed. Beautifil!
Nice macro...

bonjour luis
c'est une bonne macro avec de belles couleurs et de bons details mais je me suis permis un WS que je vous laisse decouvrir.

Wow! What a fantastic macro Luis! I love those beautiful details, pose of the insect, exposure and most of all; this unusual pink background :)! Well seen and TFS,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-06 9:11]

Hi Luis
Wow beautiful presentation,Excellent POV and very sharp image.Details and colors are great.Nice blur BG and well composed imege.
TFS Michel

Super focus on this one and not too contrasty! Fine colourings and great notes. I hardly see a speck of "grain" or as digi-folk call it, noise. Very nicely presented.

Hello Luis
Wonderful shot of this Grasshopper,
Perfect details,composition and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-06 9:39]

Hi Luis,

This grasshopper is superb! He is quite colorful and the colors are wonderful. Nice sharp details of the entire insect. Beautiful background. He seems to be looking right at you.


Hola Luis,
Que maravilla de macro!
Los detalles son asombrosamente nítidos, conseguiste una excelente iluminación con el flash de relleno.
Los detalles y colores del saltamente lucen tan bien detallados y con el foco apropiado.
El fondo de color burgoña funciona de maravilla y resalta mas aún los verdes del insecto.
Felicitaciones y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

hi luis!
great macro with really
good sharpness and fine
pov and dof!
very good!

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2007-11-06 10:29]

Hello Luis,

Great picture of this grasshoper. Very sharp detail and nice colours.

Hi Luis,
You captured fine detail of this grasshopper.
Great color.
Perhaps composition would be enhansed by the hopper off center a bit to the right.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-06 12:22]

Hola Luis,
everything is perfect here. General and colour composition are optimal. Light is professionally managed. In combination with exact focus and admirable sharpness this results in a superb and attractive picture.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-06 13:40]

Hello Luis,
Congratulations, fantastic work!
Sharpness is amazing!
beautiful colors & background

Superbe! Une neteté impressionnante et des couleurs splendides. Beau travail, Luis!

Well done - great composition, excellent lighting, pure color, great depth of field with a perfect background. Wonderful shot!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-07 6:33]

Hola Luis,
una gran definición,
preciosos detalles y foco,
los colores magníficos,
todo un éxito.

Hello Luis,
Very close-up shot of this Grasshopper, with excellent details and superb focusing!
Also, very nice composition & POV, well presented as well!
TFS and best wishes,

Hi Luis.
I am amazed with your unique and wonderful close-up picture. It is simple outstanding. Both subject and quality are brilliant. All is perfect. Bravo.

Amazing macro,extraordinaire, quels détails avec des couleurs très naturelles et un Bg qui met le tout en valeur.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-07 12:37]

Hello Luis

What a wonderful background for this grasshopper.The colours are beautiful.
The focus is sharp with excellent details.
The the diagonal composition is excellent.
Nicely done.


Gee! This is a beautiful image Luis. The colors and details are magnificent. I love the iridescence you captured. Wonderful work!

Evelynn : )

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 7:36]

Truly stunning details on this wonderful macro!
great composition and colours -- and perfect notes
CAn't ask for more :D

P.S. Thanks for your kind words on my "Nut Hunter"

Hi Luis, superb grasshopper with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, great composition with lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-08 12:00]

Hi Luis. This extra fine macro work. the detail is first class. you have sharp focusing . with natural colurs.avery good POV/DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-09 1:07]

Hi Luis,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

Hi Luis!
This is one of the best grasshopper pictures I have seen on TN till now! Fantastic details, composition and sharpness! Also timing is... unusual (see the end of abdomen ;>) and the note is very informative.
Bravo and TFS!
Best withes,

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-10 16:04]


Wow, what a magnificient capture you did! So much details in this picture and great sharpness overall So little these grasshoppers and you were able to show so much. Congratulations again!


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