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Caelifera Nymph

Caelifera Nymph
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-03 23:17
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Hello friends,
Today presenting a Grasshopper nymph for which ID is needed. Expert’s help is appreciated.

Grasshoppers are insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are 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).


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2009-02-03 23:26]

Jolis détails et belle netteté.
Bonne journée.

Hello kv,
beautiful macro with Grasshopper nymph! I like composition, colours and details.

Best regards, Leonid

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-04 0:58]

nice capture, sharp image and beautiful colors.

a beautiful little grasshopper, but I don't know wich kind it is.


Super focus, wonderful details and fantastic colours on this Grasshopper, KV.
The insect looks as if it is made of green jade.
The plain brown BG contrasts beautifully with the subject.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

hello kv,
another fine macro, the colours look almost floroscent here, the sharpness is top notch and the composition is lovely,
well done,
tfs & regards

great picture
good sharpness and
very nice colours
greeting lou

super capture of a grasshoper I had never seen before !
The green color is gorgeous as well as its posture
TFS and regards

Hi KV,
An excellent capture of this beautiful grasshopper nymph. Sorry can't help you with the ID. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Vral

Superb colours and amazing BG! Top class stuff in natural light.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-04 21:21]

Hi KV,
Outstanding macro image of this grasshopper nymph with immaculate sharpness and lovely green colours. Superb lighting and the darkish BG helps in highlighting the subjects perfectly. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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