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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 50mm 1: 2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-11 1:55
Viewed: 2820
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The family Tettigoniidae, known in American English as katydids and in British English as bush-crickets, contains more than 6,400 species. It is part of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to grasshoppers. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.

Tettigoniids may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers' antennae are always relatively short and thickened.

The males of tettigoniids have sound-producing organs (via stridulation) located on the hind angles of their front wings. In some species females are also capable of stridulation.

There are about 255 species in North America, but the majority of species live in the tropical regions of the world.

The diet of tettigoniids includes leaves, flowers, bark, and seeds, but many species are exclusively predatory, feeding on other insects, snails or even small vertebrates such as snakes and lizards. Some are also considered pests by commercial crop growers and are sprayed to limit growth. Large tettigoniids can inflict a painful bite or pinch if handled but seldom break the skin.

The males provide a nuptial gift for the females in the form of a spermatophylax, a body attached to the males' spermatophore which is consumed by the female. The function of the spermatophylax is to increase the attachment time of the males' spermatophore and thereby increase his paternity. [1]

The eggs of tettigoniids are typically oval shaped and laid in rows on the host plant.

Some species of bush crickets are consumed by people, like the nsenene (Ruspolia baileyi) in Uganda and neighbouring areas.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-03-11 2:33]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamu alia kum,
Superb, mighty gaint looks this here and I prefer more DOF though the both antennas are in focus but it looks charming with more DOF.
Well done, beautiful colours and sharpness.
regards, TFS.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-11 4:22]

Hello Foozi,

Lovely macro picture of these grasshopper.
One feeler on his back and one feeler to before
I find your picture attractive, nice for look at.
Lovely composition and nice colors. TFS.

Best regards,

hello Foozi

WOW ! great macro shot of this insect with fine POV,
superb focus great sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Foozi. Excellente focus and details in this superb capture by the right POV's choise. Magnificent green tones.


Ciao Foozi, splendid macro with fantastic details, great sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi, great close-up of this bush-cricket with great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

hello Foozi
great picture with good details and great sharpness
beautiful colours and nice wings
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-11 10:24]

What a great macro!
Wonderful details and colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-11 10:52]

Hello Foozi,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful clear colours. Good POV and DOF.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-11 14:02]

Hello Foozi,
fine macro shot, very nice color and detail. The dof is well managed.Well done
Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and incredible detail, splendid bright colours, very well done.
Best regards

salam alikum akhi Foozi
wonderful macro shot of this very beautiful Tettigoniid grasshopper, with splendid coloration, great sharpness of focus. POV and composition superb. wing texture, head and antenna details amazing. also combed leg structure very interesting and I think I have seen firstly such a interesting it. subhanallah.
thanks for sharing this great work with good informative notes.
friendly regards and salams

Hi MF Foozi,

A great POV that you captured this cricket! The focus looks superb.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Foozi,

what an amazing macroshot from this insect with exellent details and fine colours.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-13 4:07]

Hello Foozi,
Amazing details shown on this Tettigonia-picture. At first I believed it was a ciccada because of the transparent wings, but they don't have such antennae! Interesting too the kind of spurs on the legs. An all green shot, well presented and excellent sharpness too.
Thanks and kind regards

Bien marcados los vol˙menes y un interesante trabajo con el color.
Un saludo Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-03-21 15:27]

A successful macro photography. Fine details, accurate focus and natural colors.

Hi Foozi,

The vegetation is framing well the insect. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the bush-cricket. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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