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Romalea microptera II/III

Romalea microptera II/III
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.4, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 6:14
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again, welcome to my next show of the series with one of my favourite orthopterans:

Romalea microptera
- eastern lubber grasshopper

Family: Romaleidae
Order: Orthoptera

Today I'd like to present you more details about this species:

It is the most distinctive grasshopper species within the southeastern United States. It is well known both for its size and its unique coloration.

The nymphs (immature stages) differ completely in appearance from the adults. Typically they are completely black with one or more distinctive yellow stripes. The front legs and sides of the head are often red.

Occurrence of the spiecies is limited to the southeastern and south central portion of the United States. The northern boundary is central North Carolina west through southern Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, to Texas. It occurs throughout Florida.

Sometimes the species occur in large numbers and cause serious damage to citrus, vegetable crops and landscape ornamentals.

When threatened, an adult lifts the forewings and spreads the hindwings to display its startling pink and black pattern which may resemble an eye to a would-be predator.

It also hisses and releases a repugnatorial substance from glands in the thorax. Like other grasshoppers it releases a repellant oral secretion (known to children as “tobacco juice” that also contains toxins from its diet. It has other toxins in the blood. A single bad experience with a protected lubber is sufficient to cause a predator to avoid all lubbers in the future.

Sources: 1, 2

I hope you enjoyed. And of course, please feel invited to see the next pic (of an imago) of the series tomorrow... :-)

ellis49, cicindela, Jamesp, extramundi, JORAPAVI, SelenE, jaycee, delic, fartash, vanderschelden, methos, anel, saguzar, Alex99, star74 has marked this note useful
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Hej Michal,
ypu have captured a beautiful hopper, the colours and pattern are amazing. The details and exposure are very good.
The hopper in the BG is nice too the compostion.
Well done.

No pieknie! Na tym zdjeciu zdecydowanie lepiej widac szczegoly morfologiczne i kolorystyke zwierzaka :)
Ciekawe swoja droga, ze zwierz zawiera jakies toksyczne zwiazki, nie jest to zbyt czeste u Orthoptera, sadzac po normalnie zielonych gatunkach :)
Pozdwiam i czekam na czesc 3 :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-20 6:48]

Hi Michal

Lovely shot of this incredible grasshopper - the ones we have a small and green.

Very good DOF. POV and colour saturation.


Expertly executed, everything is on the spot, nice camera work!
The composition is just perfect and the details contrast on the darks very good.
Beautiful post with a great note. Thanks.

Hola Michal,
Bonita y excelente toma, la nitidez, colores y luz son magníficos. Saludos

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-20 9:09]

Hi Michal,
Focus and sharpness is very good. Great composition with the shallow DOF and the other grasshopper at the back. Contrast and colors are remarkable. TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-20 11:49]

Hi Michal,

Amazing shot of the grasshoppers. The colors and details are wonderful.


Hello Michal
What a wonderful shot of these eastern lubber grasshoppers,I've not seen them here,
Great flash using and sharpness,
Fantastic framing,Welldone.

Good Luck

bonjour michalm
l'impact du flash fait tres bien ressortir les couleurs de ce criquet,excellent netteté.
j'aime aussi le fait que le deuxieme criquet hors champs donne de la couleurs au BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-20 14:16]

Hello Cedryk,
What a beauty, I'd love to see this! Excellent depth of focus and razor-sharp details. Colours are amazing and look great against the plain grey wood.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

What a beautiful monster:-)
Very colourful and well composed, Michal.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-20 14:30]

Hi Michal,
This is an amazing shot.
The colors are great and the details are astonishing.
Useful note since I have never seen these guys.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-20 17:22]

Hello Michal,
Excellent close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,exposure,lighting and framing are also excellent.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-21 1:54]

I never knew we had grasshoppers with these colors in Northern America.
Fascinating color patterns. Beautiful !
Very sharp details and great POV.
TFS, Michal. : )

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-21 4:30]

Hello Michal,
I agree with everything that has been said. I'm very impressed by the color, sharpness and the composition with the second grasshopper in the back. Very well done.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-21 6:03]

Hello Cedryk,
It is an American species,I suppose we don't have this knights in Europe. Very impressive creatures. Well constructed picture with the second hopper just like a shadow in the back.
Best regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-21 14:45]

Hi Michal,
fabulous capture, the sharpness and colors are incredible. Very nice diagonal composition, the POV is great.

Hello Michal,
Impressive the clearness of the image, the contrast and colors! I´ve liked much as it is seen the other grasshopper defocused and the useful note.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-24 16:35]

Hi Michal.
Fantastic of quality picture, my friend. Richness of colours, sharpness and exactness of detailed are terrific as well as the beautifulness of the perfect blurred and coloured BG. Pictured scene is amazing too: second insect (despite of some softness), inclined trunk are looked perfectly. Composition is really outstanding. Bravo and best regards.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-25 13:11]

Hi Michal,
This is a wonderful close up.
The details and colors are pin sharp.
Blurry background and clarity are marvellous.
Great work.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-03-30 8:26]

Hello Michal,

Great picture of this colored grasshopper.
Great color, background, sharpness and lighting.


Hi Michal,
wow, now thats one awesome macro shot, what an unusal bug! I'm not sure I'ld want to be so close to him though! :o)
Great shot, awesome color TS

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