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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: 2011-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-27 12:13
Viewed: 1277
Points: 30
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Wartbiter Cricket (Decticus Verrucivorus)

The wart-biter (Decticus verrucivorus) is a bush-cricket in the family Tettigoniidae. Its English and scientific names derive from the age-old practice of using the cricket to bite warts from the skin.

Adult wart-biters are 31–37 millimetres (1.2–1.5 in), with females being significantly larger than males. They are typically dark green in colour, usually with dark brown blotches on the pronotum and wings (a dark brown morphotype also occurs). The female has a long and slightly upcurved ovipositor.

The wart-biter has a song consisting of a rapidly repeated series of short bursts of clicks, sometimes lasting for several minutes.

Wart-biters normally move about by walking; they rarely fly, except when frightened. Most can only fly 3 to 4 metres (10 to 13 ft) at a time.

The species is found in calcareous grassland and heathland habitats.

Wart-biters need a mosaic of vegetation, including bare ground/short turf, grass tussocks, and a sward rich in flowering forbs. They prefer areas that are not heavily grazed. The species is thermophilous, and tends to occur on sites with a southerly aspect.

he species is omnivorous. Plants eaten include knapweed, nettles, bedstraws; the species also eats insects, including other grasshoppers.

The wart-biter lays its eggs in the soil; these eggs normally hatch after two winters. It then passes through seven instar stages between April and June. The adult stage is reached in the beginning of July. Wart-biter populations peak in late July and early August.

This species occurs throughout continental Europe, except the extreme south, ranging from southern Scandinavia to Spain, Italy, and Greece. It is also found in temperate Asia, as far east as China. Geographic features such as mountains have fragmented the species, leading to a wide range of forms and numerous subspecies.

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hallo marius
this real!! so good sharpness you knowe i like this one

great details to see and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-27 14:35]

Hi Marius,your pic are always a step ahead,this is absolutely fantastic,what a great details everywhere and what perfect colors too,a great capture,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo marius
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝗蟲
顏色鮮豔華麗 光線亮麗
看起來真是特別的清楚 尤其是色彩很接近原色
真是美麗好看極了 這個角度真是棒 看的一清二楚
真是美麗的作品 令人激賞
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-02-27 19:26]

Decticus verrucivorus: you thank a man named Marius for having spent the better picture you could have ever had.

Marius is just amazing light bathes this insect, you have chosen the right and necessary to make this wonderful macro.

A big hug,
Hernán Bortondello.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-27 19:32]

Hello Marius.
I've never seen a cricket of this color and with such intricate markings. Quite beautiful and captured perfectly by your lens. Love the composition and wonderful exposure. Well done!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-28 2:05]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic macro in superb details. Clarity and colours are gorgeous. Great DOF, POV and composition. Nice matching background.

Hi Marius!
Perfect shot of this cricket in superb details. Beautiful patterns on its body and an excellent BG that is highlighting it beautifully. Thanks for sharing this professional shot,
Best Regards,

Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent macro of this Cricket.Against such beautiful BG,details are well visible with excellent colour.Top to bottom well sharpness.Nice capture.
Thanks for shAring,

Hello marius,

Hope life is good dear friend. Be they birds or insects, your photos never lose that brilliance and top quality which is your forte. What can be sharper and clear than this wonderful shot of this Wartbiter cricket. Exquisite in every way.The details are amazing, life-lie, well done!
Thanks for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


Ciao Marius,great macro of beautiful criocket, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius. Top sharp/details MF! Bright colours Amazing light indeed.


Hello Marius,
An outstanding macro with great sharp details and clarity.

Salut Marius,
o fotografie superba,cu o claritate desavirsita.

Hi marius,
a wonderful portrait of this big grasshopper. Very fine details and nice colours.
best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-04 4:32]

Hello Marius,
Always pleased to see hoppers and crickets on TN. These creatures have interesting shapes and colors and are great subjects for photographers. Perfect lateral presentation of this Wart-biter, a species which we have here too. Very beautiful shot.
Kind regards

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