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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/74099368.0
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-10 13:57
Viewed: 5603
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Fiends!
Today I would like to present you the first picture from my last expedition to the Middle East :>

Some time ago I presented some details about insects strategy which thanks to body colouration allows some species "to be" dangerous or noxious - the mimicry. Today something a little different...

This is one of many different species grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) occuring in Syria. Unfortunatelly I do not know (as for now) the species name so - according to the title of this picture - today a few words about camouflage :>

Camouflage is a strategy used by many different species of animals, but especially commont among insects. This strategy is usually used to be invisible for predators (like the hero of this presentation) but occurs also among predators to be invisible for preys.

The camouflage depends on several factors:
- environment in which species lives (usually the most important factor),.
- physiology and behavior of an animal (eg. animals living in groups use different camouflage techniques than those that are solitary).

Two different elements are used by insects in camouflage strategy: colors and skin patterns. These second are less important but often helpful in cryptic coloration.

Camouflage as protection against predators is used e.g. by many grasshoppers, bush-crickets, beetles, butterflies, moths (incluging imagines, larvae, pupae and eggs).
On the other hand many mantids, some bush-crickets and predatory beetles (e.g. tiger beetles) use this strategy to capture the prey.

I hope that you found the hero of this picture ;>

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It is so clear and sharp but really invisible.
Good shot.

Hello Radomir,
Very impressive camouflage: even the spots of the tones are copied byt this grasshopper. Very nice picture, very sharp, with a good low POV. I'm curious of your next shots from Syria, a very beautiful country that I visited some years ago (before I was addict to TN and digital nature pictures...). Best regards,

great capture, great camouflage, TFS Ori

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-10 23:31]

Witaj Radomirze,
Doprawdy ciekawy okaz prawie niewidoczny w swoim otoczeniu. Nasze przeciez tez zielone a ciagle posrod traw czynia to samo. Trudno aby zdjecie owada o takich cechach mialo szczegolne wizualne zalety oprocz dobrego technicznego wykonania.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-11 2:03]

Hello Radomir,
You must have good eyes to have seen it. Amazing camouflage, such a good protection for these insects, they just mustn't move..
Fine picture, well framed and with fine natural colors. And anyway I like the Hoppers a lot, for me they are very photogenic.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Radek, a wonderful capture of a well-camouflaged grasshopper with excellent neat details! You have eagle eyes to notice such one species.
Great macro MF! Heave a nice WE!
Greetings from clouded and rainy Izmir,


Hi Radomir,

Very good demonstration of camuflage. Me pleases the ambient of the picture, the fund is very well registered and the contrast level is perfect. It is a difficult picture and you've done that seems easy!

TFS and happy WE friend!


Ciao Radomir, great camouflage, superb macro with wonderful natural colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Radomir
great shot of this grasshopper, his camouflage colors are perfect
I like the stony environment, and the very sharp details,
superb POV and copsition
Have a great WE

Hello Radomir,
a very interesting mimicry of this grasshopper like Oedipoda caerulescens or Sphingonotus caerulans, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

Hi Radomir,
It took me a few seconds to find this grasshopper. It is well blended to the surrounding. Thanks for this fine example of how species survive. Greetings from the far east.

Hello Radek,

so it's Syria now. You do quite some great trips. The grasshopper picture you brought home is a true beauty. Great animal. I cannot help with ID. A similar looking, big-eyed locust in S-Switzerland is Aiolopus thalassinus. It occurs in the Mediterranean and in the Orient too.
Best regards from Marly,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-09-13 11:04]

Czesc Radek!

O, widze, ze teraz sie zacznie :-) Bardzo ladny okaz pustynny, ostry i szczegolowy. Widok z boku to chyba najlepszy wybor przy tego typu zwierzach. Z innych rzeczy - bardzo podobaja mi sie pustynne kolory w tle - szczegolnie ten rdzawy piasek i ciemniejsze kamienie. Zaloze sie, ze maja bardzo ciekawa geneze.

you are right. it has master camouflage. similar stone's colors. you greatly captured it with a perfect focus, POV and composition. natural BG and frame also very nice. notes always great and informative. thanks.
Three years ago, I visited all provinces (muhafaza) of Syria wxcept for Tartus. I hope I will in nex time.
have a nice week, my friend

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-09-14 10:14]

Hi Radomir,
A very good example of camouflage
Best wishes,

hello Radomir
very good details with great sharpness
beautifulto see good the camouflage of this grasshopper
great shot
greeting lou

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-20 22:40]

Hello Radomir !
Yes, this grasshopper is really invisible ! Wow ! Amazing camouflage ! Congratulations for having been able to see him and to photograph him, specially as the picture is so good - pin sharp details, wonderful textures, nice natural colors, excellent composition, great low POV... Everything is just perfect. Thanks for letting us discover this amazing species, and very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-26 8:10]

Hello Radomir,
A superb example of insect camouflage! This grasshopper is hard to see even though the sharpness is excellent and taken from a great lateral POV.
Thanks and all the best,

hello Radomir

this is one of the most camouflaged photo on TN,
WOW ! it looks like the rocks, excellent photo shot with
fine POV, DOF, superb focus excellent sharpness and details,



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-09-26 23:32]

Hello my friend :)

I hope you are well, too and many thanks for your kind comment on my gallery!
I've been a bit busier than usual lately, and that's why i spent less time here on TN.
I hope you are doing well, too and that all is ok with your studies, work and everything else.

This is a very nice shot from you! It's rare that we see such a great example of camouflage. Indeed the title here work very well since, especially to me (with my colors problems) it would be very difficult to see this little guy in the wild, if he wouldn't move.
The details are excellent - super sharp - and the POV and DOF are spot-on as well.
The fill-in flash is subtle but works very nicely, too.
Overall, an excellent photo complemented by a great info note.

Bravo and TFS

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