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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-19 12:29
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish it from bush crickets or katydids, it is sometimes referred to as the short-horned grasshopper. Species that change color 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. They also have pinchers or mandibles that cut and tear off food. 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 at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying.

The digestive system of insects includes a foregut (stomodaeum, the mouth region), a midgut (mesenteron), and a hindgut (proctodaeum, the anal region). The mouth leads to the muscular pharynx, and through the esophagus to the crop. This leads to the malpighian tubules. These are the chief excretion organs. The hindgut includes intestine parts (including the ileum and rectum), and exits through the anus. Most food is handled in the midgut, but some food residue as well as waste products from the malpighian tubules are managed in the hindgut. These waste products consist mainly of uric acid, urea and amino acids, and are normally converted into dry pellets before being disposed of.

The grasshopper's reproductive system consists of the gonads, the ducts which carry sexual products to the exterior, and accessory glands. In males, the testes consist of a number of follicles which hold the spermatocytes as they mature and form packets of elongated spermatozoa.

Grasshoppers have open circulatory systems, with most of the body fluid (haemolymph) filling body cavities and appendages. The one closed organ, the dorsal vessel, extends from the head through the thorax to the hind end. It is a continuous tube with two regions: the heart, which is restricted to the abdomen; and the aorta, which extends from the heart to the head through the thorax. Haemolymph is pumped forward from the hind end and the sides of the body through a series of valved chambers, each of which contains a pair of lateral openings (ostia).

With many varieties being green, grasshoppers in green grass are difficult to spot by predators.

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  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-19 12:34]

Hello Marius.
The clarity and the details are amazing. Excellent focus,and sharpness very good background. Well done. TFS.Best regards Siggi

hello marius
This is super good
Great sharpness good details and beautiful colours
very good pose and good BG
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius.
Bellissima foto di cavalletta con ottimi dettagli e splendidi colori eccellente nitidezza molto bella.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Marius, i would love to see this image in a larger format, fabulous detailed sharpness with superb lighting, TFS.
Best Regards,


Ciao Marius, great macro of fantastic grasshopper on beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-19 13:30]

Hi Marius,
amazing photo of this grasshopper, sharpness & details are fantastic, beautiful composition ! Congratulations ! TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-19 13:50]

Hello Marius,
A photo in splendid clarity and amazing sharpness. Light and natural colours are gorgeous. Great DOF, splendid contrasting blurred background and a fantastic diagonal composition. This is really high quality!

Hi Marius. Very clear shot. Nice to see the detail. As much as I don't usualy like a blured background, I like this one because it works so well to show the grasshopper as a cutout. A higher POV might give it more of a side profile, but this works the way it is. You've spaced it well also. A very sharp looking grasshopper Marius. TFS Trevor

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-19 15:11]

Hi Marius,spectacular quality of this pic,this grasshopper must to be proud to have a great photographer like you so close..ehehhe....the result is the top of perfection,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
great capture of this Grasshopper with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Marius. Fabolouse professional pic. Details and sharp are impressive indeed. Exciting colours.


Bonsoir Marius
C'est un superbe insecte que tu nous envoies avec une excellente composition. Les couleurs sont belles ansi que les détails qui sont de toutess beautés.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hi Marius,
excellent photo of this grasshopper. Amazing. What a sharpness. A lot of details. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Marius
Exceptional and beautiful photo of the grasshopper. Nice background, perfect focus and detail. A lovely insect
regards yiannis

Another impressive photo Marius! Very good composition, nice BG, fantastic colors and very good sharpness. The species is Callipatmus italicus or Callipatmus barbarus

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-07-19 23:26]

Buna Marius,
O fotografie perfect expusa, culori si detalii minunate, compozitia la fel, felicitari!

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-07-20 0:04]

Hi Marius

Fantastic detail. Perfect composition and background

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-07-20 2:19]

Hello Marius,
Better can't be, professional shot. Though we prefer to look butterflies but such view is eyecatching by its excellent light, razor sharpness and composition.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Marius,
A fantastic macro with such fine coloration, sharpness & great detail. Very nicely composed 7 presented with a fine POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2012-07-20 13:18]

f buna. bravo

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-07-21 2:14]

Hi Marius,

You produced a superb image . The colors, light, and clairty of the details details have the quality of an artistic drawing.

Thanks for sharing this; have a pleasant weekend,


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-07-21 7:55]

Buna Marius,
Superb work ..
Very sharp details and superb pose, wonderful colors too.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-23 11:03]

Hi Marius,
A very nice close-up of this insect. Nice colours with excellent details. Nice background.
Regards Jiri.

Fantástico enfoque , colores, fondo, ángulo de disparo.... enhorabuena Marius.

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