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Meconema thalassinum

Meconema thalassinum
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-22 12:14
Viewed: 3171
Points: 6
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From my backyard:

This female Oak bush-cricket (Orthoptera; Tettigoniidae; Meconema thalassinum (De Geer 1773); Meconematidae; Gemeine Eichenschrecke; Méconème tambourinaire) is almost invisible on the leaf of Levisticum officinale.

The species is found mainly on oaks and other trees and shrubs, the female lays its eggs singly into crevices of oak bark. Interesting: the males don't chirp but they drum on the leaf surface with their legs, it's audible for about 1 to 2 m only. In the picture you may notice a slit on the foretibia, the auditory organ. They hunt small insect prey by screening leaf surfaces with the long antennae. They are distributed in much of the warmer parts of Europe, including the Southern UK.

Source: B. Baur et al. 2006. Die Heuschrecken der Schweiz. Haupt, Bern, Switzerland.

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A very nice shot of the cricket,well camouflaged in its environment.
Nice natural image.
Best regards Les

HI Dietrich.
This specie looks like a cameleon :)
Very good point of view and composition. Excellent sharpness. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

very well captured CRICKET, good sharpness and colour.

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