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Green on Green

Green on Green
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma EX APO Macro 180 mm F/3.5 IF, ISO 200, 72mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/180 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-06 20:04
Viewed: 2891
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rijk: Animalia (Dieren)
Stam: Arthropoda (Geleedpotigen)
Onderstam: Hexapoda (Zespotigen)
Klasse: Insecta (Insecten)
Orde: Orthoptera (Sprinkhanen en krekels)
Onderorde: Ensifera
Familie: Tettigoniidae
Onderfamilie: Tettigoniinae
Geslacht: Tettigonia
Soort: Tettigonia viridissima

Dutch name : Grote groene sabelsprinkhaan
English name : Great green bushcricket

The family Tettigoniidae, known in American English as katydids and in British English as bush-crickets, contains more than 6,400 species. It is part of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonoidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to grasshoppers.

Tettigoniids may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers' antennae are always relatively short.

The name "katydid" comes from the sound produced by species of the North American genus Pterophylla (literally "winged leaf"). The males of katydids have sound-producing organs (via stridulation) located on the hind angles of their front wings, which in some species produce a sound thought to resemble the words "Katy did, Katy didn't", hence the name. In some species females are also capable of stridulation.

There are about 255 species in North America, but the majority of species live in the tropical regions of the world.

The diet of tettigoniids includes leaves, flowers, bark, and seeds, but many species are exclusively predatory, feeding on other insects, snails or even small vertebrates such as snakes and lizards. Some are also considered pests by commercial crop growers and are sprayed to limit growth. Large katydids can inflict a painful bite or pinch if handled but seldom break the skin.

The spike headed katydid is somewhat notorious for its plantlike appearance, which allows it to blend in with the vegetation on which it lives, and the spikes discourage potential predators.

The males provide a nuptial gift for the females in the form of a spermatophore, a nutritious body produced with the male's ejaculate.


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Bonjour Thijs
La composition de cette photo est un modèle du genre !Bravo.

Hi Thijs,
I agree wth Antoine, the composition of the scene with this blade going through the diagonal of the picture is perfect. The green background fits very well and the cricket is perfectly sharp.
Well done, Mike

Hello Thijs,

Excellent composition. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Beautiful colours. Excellent blurry background.

Hi. beautiful picture. diagonal composition is very interesting and green on green worked well.

Hi Thijs,
Hope are you are doing well and its was a wonderful to wath NL beat italy :-) This is a wonderful picture with nice uniform colors and the sheen on the insect is also very good

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-12 0:29]

hello Thijs,
Very beautiful this green on green. Excellent composition, beautiful light on the cricket and vivid picture. Bravo.
Interesting note too.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-13 10:55]

Hi Thijs

This really is a beautiful shot, I love the green on green tones and the wonderful composition with the well placed grasshopper and the diagonal stem. Sharp, perfecr DOF and great POV. It is all stunning.



Dear Thijs

I would like to this photo for a special edition anniversary book for BBOWT, my local Wildlife Trust. There will only be 200 printed and they will be given to their more valuable members as a thank you for supporting the trust. The book is 24 cm x 24 cm and the photo will be a full page. The book will only be printed this once and will be given out at an anniversary party in the summer.

Could you please advise me on a price? and send me a hi-res version if you are happy for us to use it?

Justine Pocock
Graphic and New Media Designer
36 Kingfisher Court,
Hambridge Road,
RG14 5SJ, UK
+44 1635 550380

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