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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-13
Categories: Insects, Humorous
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 13:13
Viewed: 3812
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Have a funny and nice weekend my TN friends.
See you,

PS: Shot info: f/6.3 - 1/400sec. - ISO-1000 in both shots.

The grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.

Grasshoppers have antennae that are almost always shorter than the body (sometimes filamentous), and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen (stridulation), or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the first abdominal segment. The hind femora are typically long and strong, fitted for leaping. Generally they are winged, but hind wings are membranous while front wings (tegmina) are coriaceous and not fit for flight. Females are normally larger than males, with short ovipositors. Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of the abdomen. Females have two pairs of valves ( triangles) at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

They are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera, but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production. Ensiferans have antennae with at least 20-24 segments, and caeliferans have fewer. In evolutionary terms, the split between the Caelifera and the Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic boundary (Zeuner 1939).

Recent estimates (Kevan 1982; Günther, 1980, 1992; Otte 1994-1995; subsequent literature) indicate some 2,400 valid Caeliferan genera and about 11,000 valid species described to date. Many undescribed species exist, especially in tropical wet forests. The Caelifera are predominantly tropical.


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Cara... Tinha que ser você né?
Que máximo essa foto!!! kkk
Muito Show!
Como bióloga tenho que lhe falar...
Pobres Orthopteras, nem podem defecar em paz!!!!!

Sua amiga Andréia

Hi Mello,
I like the way how you show a great moment of this grasshopper lay for her next generation in to two photos. great DOV and POV and TFS.
Best regards and have a great week end,

Hi MF Francisco:)

What a funny collage showing a good biological process:)
Each shot has flawless details, excellent clarity and fine composition, as usual MF!
TFS and have a nice night and WE!


Hi Francisco.
What good timming good details and colour did you have to wait long between photos.
Cheers Dave

Ciao Francisco. Funny collage. Both pic with excellent DOF and details.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-19 5:37]

Waw...amazing capture!
Great sharp details and wonderful colors.

Wonderful sharp capture this lovely collsge!
I like the quality of the capture1

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-19 9:48]
  • [3]

Hi Francisco

You can be glad that parcel was delivered on the leaf and not on your lens (chuckle).
Its nice to see your last couple of postings included good notes. That is how you
inform us about your subjects and/or the process of capturing your shots. This is a
lovely collection of the grasshopper. Both images contain lovely sharp images with
good colour saturation. Btw., by the time of points update tomorrow you will notice
a sharp increase in your useful workshops and should be a silver Workshop Editor.

Well done and TFS.

hello Fracisco
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-19 14:03]

Excellent, very nice Francisco. TFS.
Best regards, nice weekend..

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