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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: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-27 2:12
Viewed: 6052
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends from TN. We call Grasshopper as "Gafanhoto"here in Brazil. I took this pic more then a year ago, but looking for another data I found this one and it is here now. I hope you all enjoy.

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.

Font: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper

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Hi Francisco,

Amazing and flawless close-up of this beautiful grasshoper.
The colours, BG, POV/DOF, composition and clarity are all superb.
TFS and have a nice day!


Verry good clarity and details of this picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Ola Francisco! Wonderful shot. Very interesting panoramic format. Good capture and frame. Nice natural light and colours. Very good contrast and sharpness. Original work. Saudacoes!

Ciao Francisco, beautiful upside-down grasshopper, wonderful details, splendid blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-27 7:04]

Hello Fransisco,
A fine capture of this 'Gafanhoto' grasshopper taken from a nice lateral POV to show its features with excellent sharpness lighting and colours. The enlarged version shows the deatils with good sharpness too.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Francisco,

Great things to see that is the detail of this grasshopper, well done and TFS.
Best regards,

Olá Francisco,

Cada dia uma foto melhor! ... excelente, muito artístico! É surpreendente o nível de detalhe ea luz brilhante que parece natural, não parece ter usado o flash! muito bem feito, técnica muito boa. Saudações!



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-27 9:21]

Hello Francisco,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and natural colours. Special, but very nice, composition. Good POV and OOF BG.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Francisko,

an very good pic with unusual pov and blurred bg.
fine brown clourtones.


hi Francisco
very nice compo
good details and focus
great shot congratulation
best regards

Hello Francisco,
a splendid macro shot and very beautiful large version, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, this grasshopper is like Anacridium aegyptium of Acrididae family:
Acrididae é uma família de insectos do filo artrópodes fitófagos cujo meio de locomoção é o salto, vulgarmente conhecidos por gafanhotos. O seu canto característico é obtido por fricção da face da coxa com uma nervura espessa da asa anterior. Este grupo inclui as espécies que formam grandes enxames com consequências devastadoras para a agricultura dos países afectados
Best regards
Buen fin de semana

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-27 22:24]

Hi Francisco,
It's an excellent macro shot of this Grasshoper.Sharpness,details,POV,clarity and natural colors are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

hello Fransisco!
very well composed scene and her presentation with this frame, nice focus and very fine details with splendid natural colors from fine use of light!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Francisco
Very good presentation with the right framing
Excellent focus giving sharp details
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-28 10:05]

Hello Francisco,
A really great panorama showing this beautiful Grasshopper. I like your narrow framing and the fine sharp details. Beautiful colours too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Elegante y precioso trabajo "trompetero". Formato arriesgado pero soluciuonado con gracia y eficacia. Bellas tonalidades todas a juego.
Un excelente trabajo a mi entender.
Un abrazo Francisco: Josep Ignasi.

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