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A Red Form of Dark Bush-cricket

A Red Form of Dark Bush-cricket
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-08 22:00
Viewed: 3351
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dark Bush-cricket female (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)

Swedish name: Buskvårtbitare, meaning ‘bush wart-biter’ and so-called as it is usually found on bushy vegetation, like roses, nettles or vegetation higher than grass but lower than a meter in height.

This species of bush-cricket has been shown on TN a few times before and each image shown shows it to be a different shade. Though it is usually it is a dark greyish brown some individuals are very light coloured and this one has a reddish brown tone that is rather attractive but makes it less camouflaged.

The more typical colouring is shown in the WORKSHOP, a shot of a male that I took a couple of years ago.
It is quite common in the whole of Sweden and most of Europe including most of England and parts of Wales.
It feeds on both insects and plants, including nettles and is found as an adult from the second half of summer to most of the autumn.

This is a female, shown by her sickle-shaped ovipositor that she uses to lay her eggs in the soil. She was sunning herself on an old wooden post when I took this.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my long lens hand held and after moderate cropping it was selectively sharpened.

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Hello Ivan,

I am your neighbour today and i like your picture.
I don't think so I have been seen these specie earlier.
Good details and fine colours with blurred bg.


Hello Ivan,
Very good composition of this Dark Bush-cricket female, exellent shapnees & very fine details, TFS Ferran

Hi Ivan

That lens of yours is so adaptable, I would have a hard time getting a similar quality shot with my macro lens - sigh!!!
Excellent sharpness and composition.


An amazing shot, Ivan.
Very sharp with the perfect exPosure.

hello Ivan
beautiful scene with the DOF of 300m it functions very well,good output in colours and in the details with this strong light,fine telemacro photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-09 0:53]

Hi Ivan,the season of butterfly is over for me too,today a lot of rain and bad forecast too...ehhe...it's time to find in the summer's archives....and this cricket is a very nice example,a beautiful light inside the pic and an usual perfection of sharpness and colors.Have a nice day...winter is coming,i'm waiting to see just a lot of birds in the next months..ehhe...Luciano

Hello Ivan,
a very beautiful picture of the Dark Bush-cricket taken with outstanding sharpness and brilliant colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

A fine female specimen with its characteristic effective ovipositor Ivan, even an f/11 produced a shallow DOF with that long lens, effectively limiting the focal depth only to the cricket, resulting in a pleasant gradual blurrines both in the fore- and background. Excellent work MF, TFS it indeed!

Hej Ivan,
this is unusual colours but it's beautiful.
The DOf is a very shallow for F11 but the whole insect is in good focus. Well composed with nice POV and good sharpness.


Nu är nog vintern på väg, det har varit minusgrader nu varje morgon i nästan en veckas tid. Det är nog dax att göra som flyttfåglarna.

merhaba Ivan dostum,
what a great macro for Bush-cricket, with sharp details, great POV/DOF. exposure and composition also great. colors superb. many thanks for sharing it with good informative notes as always
have a wonderful day my friend

Ciao Ivan. An nice bright macro shot with excellent details and DOF. Veru good work MF.


Ciao Ivan, fantastic cricket, splendid sharpness and fine details, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-09 6:04]

Hello Ivan,
this macro is really very nice. Excellent composition and pose. Great pov and dof too.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ivan

a suprb macro photo of this insect, shot with fine POV & DOF,
very beautiful luminosity, superb focus great sharpness
and details, i also love the superb focus sharpness
and details of the photo on the WS, TFS


Hi my dear dostum Ivan!

A superb macro capture of this femaleD of ark Bush-cricket with expertly captured details and wonderful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hello Ivan,

An excellent macro with beautiful coloration, sharpness & great details. Lovely POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done with care & TFS.

Best wishes & a great weekend!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-09 10:08]

Hi Ivan. A fine side view of this bush-cricket . We can see the unusual tail . Taken with with your fine detail and sharp focusing. Your use of the light has given bright colours. Well taken with interesting notes. TFS.

You and ulla have a nice weekend.

hello Ivan
great sharpness
very good composition with nice light
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-09 10:51]

Hello Ivan,
It doesn't matter, a butterfly, a bird or an insect, it's all in top quality. The light and natural colours are very beautiful in this photo. Great sharpness, details and composition. Excellent OOF BG, POV and DOF.
Have a good weekend,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-09 12:07]
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Hello Ivan, a professional close-up shot of this grasshopper with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hello Ivan
this is a very interesting capture taken with a perfect sharpness
great POV and pose on this wood
beautiful sunlight and superb colors
WS is a wonderful shot too
Have a great WE

Hello Ivan, wonderful shot of this dark bush-cricet with nice composition and details. The ovipositor is shortly than that of similar ones. Your notes are great as usual and very educative.
TFS and Regards,

Hello Ivan,
This little female looks heavily armored against any attack. Thanks for sharing this beauty with excellent details, sharpness & luminosity within the frame of reference.

Hi Ivan,

Lovely macro capture of the grasshopper with superb details! The rocky structure on which grasshopper is having a good time, gives nice contrast to the subject.
The green blurry BG works well for this kind of capture. The sharpness and POV are perfect.
Very well done, my friend!

best regards,

Hello again Ivan, splendid composition here. Details ang colours are also great.
TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-15 5:06]

Hello Ivan,
Sorry, I missed this interesting shot of a female bush-cricket. Interesting to read about the colour-variations which make them less camouflaged. Excellent picture also in the WS.
Thanks a lot for your last critique and explanations.
Now it is so cold around here that the insects' season is over:-(
Have a nice afternoon.
Kind regards

Hi Ivan
WOW!!! Exceptional photo...Color, focus, DOP, POV...All outstanding...Very well done!!!...TFS

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