Grasshopper atop Caltropis Flowers
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-06-21 21:24]
The grasshopper looks like a piece of fine stoned jewelry. The colors are exquisite, details are superb and it just doesn't look like a living creature. The flowers are wonderful and you show the waxy texture very well. I love the opened flower -how pretty they must be.
Very interesting and colourful grasshopper. Thanks a lot for sharing.
The flower, though, is not Calotropis gigantea (Sveta Arka). It is Calotropis procera (Rakta Arka). For both these species of Calotropis, please see,
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-06-22 0:44]
Excellent capture of this grasshoper. Very good POV, DOF and shapness. Very good composition. Great light and colours.
- batu (16383)
- [2008-06-22 1:08]
a nice combination of the flowers and the colourful grasshopper. Both are very attractive.
You focused precisely on the important parts of the frame. The second out-of-focus grasshopper
is a bit disturbing and distracts from the sharply presented one. But you had no other chance!
Omitting it from the display window would have also cut the beautiful open flower to the left.
Best wishes, Peter
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-06-22 1:44]
what an interesting and beautifully coloured and paterned grasshopper which I have not seen ever till now. I think it is an andemic for Southern Asia. You showed us it perfectly in all around. I also loved the details on the beautiful flower. TFS my friend for these beauties.
Have a great Sunday!
Hello Ram, superb and perfectly captured grasshoper. TFS. Regards,
- lousat (65489)
- [2008-06-22 2:41]
Hi Ram,i'm fascinating from this beuatifulls grasshoppers living in your country,they have colors incredibles,i wish to see live one of that one day..ehehe..excellent work as your style,thanks for share and have a nice Sunday you too,Luciano
Hi Mr. Ram,
A superb capture of this beautiful painted grasshopper's nymph. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- maurydv (36428)
- [2008-06-22 7:01]
Splendida macro di questa coloratissima cavalletta, ottimi POV e composizione con questi fiori particolari, molto buona la nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-06-22 7:03]
Both the grasshopper nymph, the Caltropis flower and buds are set in a fine composition, Ram.
The flower and the nymph are sharply portrayed and taken from an excellent POV. Interesting to read your note telling us how poisonous Caltropis is and that its latex-like sap is used for medicinal purposes. Presumably the sap gives rise to the vernacular name. Another poisonous plant from America, Asclepia is also known as Milkweed and is the larval host plant for the Monarch butterfly. One wonders if this plant is host plant for related butterflies like the Common Tiger. Certainly the grasshopper is warning-coloured to say that it is poisonous fronm eating this host plant.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image and the interesting information. I look forward to seeing more insect images that caused your hosts to be a little grumpy!
Best regards, Ivan
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-06-22 7:17]
I can imagine the traffic jams on your way through Delhi!! Still, your trip was certainly worth it. This grasshopper is really stunning in its wonderful pattern and colours and the flower is very beautiful too.
Great focus on grasshopper No.1 and the open flower. I expect No. 2 was not as willing to pose!! Lovely soft background and a very fine composition. Very well done! The note is very interesting too!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-06-22 7:37]
Those grasshoppers are truly unique. If I ever saw one in person I would have thought it to be some unusual and unknown creature. I am afraid our grasshoppers are all alike over here and none too pretty as this one Ram..
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-06-22 8:02]
Fantastic photo of a very special grasshopper on very special flowers. Great colours and excellent sharpness and details. Amazing light.
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-06-22 8:10]
This is brilliant and I was told that such insect do visible in the Haryana and UP side. You have captured it beautifully. I am sure if you had shot the other one it would have been brilliant. Ganesh
- eng55 (5892)
- [2008-06-22 8:55]
Very interesting capture.This grasshoper is new to me.Colors,clear details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.
- sranjan (5784)
- [2008-06-22 9:58]
Dear Ram Sir,
It is great to see such colorful incredible creatures & biodiversity of this part of subcontinent. Some how in so many years I had never seen such beauties around Delhi or they were so well camouflaged ! They definitely look like piece of fine stoned jewelry. I have yet to understand what made them select this poisonous plant on the weekend. TFS.
- NinaM (4077)
- [2008-06-22 11:37]
Bonjour Ram, no wonder Indian saris have such wonderful colours, look at that insect, it is amazingly colourful! We don't have such grasshoppers here! BEautiful indeed and your notes are quite interesting too whereas this plant looks beautiful and its story is fascinating. Great shot Ram, I like the pov and it is a nice glance at the inside of this beauty... the flower I mean ;-) Thank you!
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-06-23 5:38]
Hi Ram, great capture of wonderful strange grashopper, splendid sharpness and fantastic colors, fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio
- mayuresh (920)
- [2008-06-23 5:54]
Hello Ram Sir,
Very intresting and colourful grasshoper and you have capture it very well,i never seen before.
nice composition and pov with perfect sharpness.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-06-23 14:48]
What a beauty!!
I've never seen anything like it!
Wonderful colours, superb composition, pin-sharp, great DOF.
Very well done!
- Maite (5199)
- [2008-07-02 3:56]
How rich and beautiful colors Nature displays there in India! What a wonderful place your country for a photographer! I really love it as I love this picture. How curious and beautiful these grasshopers and how beautiful the plant. Excellent shot my friend.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a nice day.