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Eumastacid grasshopper

Eumastacid grasshopper
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Copyright: CArlos Prieto (Panthiades) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 74] (465)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 8:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eumastacids can be easily recognized from other
colombian grasshopers by their small size, lengthened form,hind legs forming a right angle in relation with the vertical plane of the body, antennae smaller than the fore femur and metallic yellow, red, green or blue colors.

In general, they can be found from the sea level up to
3000 m, on wet places, more or less open, with mixed
vegetation, mainly composed by ferns that constitute the food of some species. No species have been recorded as plague or of any economical importance in Colombia.

More than 100 species could be found in Colombia, but it is difficult to estimate this number. A very low local diversity has been observed, usually only one or two species per locality, making difficult an intensive collection of Eumastacidae. Most of the species described and recorded come from the Amazonian region and the Eastern Cordillera.

Modified from (Varón, 2000) Eumastacid Grasshoppers (Insecta: Orthoptera: Caelifera: Eumastacidae) of

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Hi Carlos,
this hopper is just amazing - never saw such a colourful insect - wow - this is a wonderful shot. You can be happy to have such crazy insects in your homeland, thanks for sharing them with us, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

All colors are in one insect.
its like a toy.
Good capture.

hello Carlos

a great picture with beautiful colors
and sharping

i have found the same family in costa rica
buth with not so many colors
from you is super!!
greeting lou

greeting lou

Hola Carlos,

amazing colours and interesting POV on this little beauty.


Is this for real!!!??? never seen any insect so beautifully colored woww!!! well captured. looks like a plastic toy. well done and TFS!

Amazing. All the more reason for preserving habitat, and species diversity before we humans muck things up beyond all possibility of recovery.

With the angle of these legs to the body, these things must jump straight up, rather than forward.

Merhaba Carlos, hem ilginç hem de çok güzel bir böcek.Ne güzel,rengarenk,sende çok iyi fotoğraflamışsın,ellerine sağlık :)

Una nota impecable, con una toma de colorido y nitidez excelentes, nos permite conocer la fauna maravillosa del tropico.

Hi Carlos,
Amazing colorful species! Thanks to share it with us. Happy New Year,

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-01-07 17:11]

Hola Carlos

que bonito inseto!
que cores fabulosas.
sua captura esta muito boa assim como a nitidez d imagem, já vi em algum lugar um gafanhoto como este, mas a foto tb era da Colombia, devem ser insetos bem territoriais...



Hi Carlos

Great shot of this unusual grasshoppper showing their strange geometrical shape. A very colourful species.
Good composition, sharpness, details and DOF.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-02 3:39]

this is one of the most strange animal i saw to Treknature.
thanks for sharing this wonder of nature

Ciao Carlos, amazing grasshopper with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-08-23 9:51]

Preciosa foto de este precioso saltamontes, que colores mas bonitos tiene. Genial. Un saludo.

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