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TROUBADOUR FROM THE GRASSLAND


TROUBADOUR FROM THE GRASSLAND
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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1224 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-31 8:09
Viewed: 3770
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
I just returned from the field but unfortunatelly today without any special effects. Even if the spring is already present, there is still only a "few" insects in the wild... And beacuse of that let me show you my earlier photo from spring 2005 :>

Here is a male of field cricket - Gryllus campestris (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). This species is a well known thanks to his musician talent. Its body size was about 19 mm.

It is really common in Poland, even if in some other parts of Europe it is endangered (mainly because destroying of habitats - dry, open areas with low vegetation). It can be found also in some regions of Asia and N America where it was indtroduced.

Everybody knows that crickets are very good musicians, and they use songs to attract females. It is a kind of presentation thanks to which male says "come here my lady, I am the best one in this area" :)
And such behaviour can be observed in most cricket species. But of course it is not easy to "keep" female when all around other crickets are singing too...
So what can small insect do to win? Well, in some field cricket species an interesting behaviour can be observed. Male invites his lady to the special tunnel mined in the ground. When she is inside he mures the entrance by special protein substance. Now she is a prisoner, but only untill she will lay her eggs (with his children!). Really the benefit is on both sides: female is save for some time against predators, and after all she can eat the proteit substance to keep some "energy" free, while male does not have to look out for the rivals :)

I hope you will like this creature :>

uleko, Argus, livios, Juyona, cedryk, jeanpaul, anel, horia, Alex99, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To honza: rarity :)cicindela 1 04-04 08:10
To horia: DOF in various camerascedryk 2 04-02 03:53
To horia: camerascicindela 2 04-01 11:43
To anel: golden body parts :)cicindela 1 04-01 04:19
To uleko: something for someone who like cricket's songs ;>cicindela 3 03-31 15:53
To Mana: songs :)cicindela 1 03-31 14:38
To Argus: cricketscicindela 1 03-31 13:14
To Bufo: crickets songs :)cicindela 1 03-31 11:09
To GLEM: cricketcicindela 1 03-31 11:06
To batu: cricketcicindela 1 03-31 11:04
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1080 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-31 8:14]
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Hello Radomir,
a clear and sharp picture of this field cricket. Particularly, the surface structures are nicely presented. Even the long left antenna is in good focus.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-31 8:17]
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Hi Radomir,
this field cricket is well presented here. The pov is well chosen in the respect that most details are presented here. I can't wait for the moment they start making their 'songs' again.
Good crop as well.
Greets, Jacob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-03-31 11:12]
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Hello Radomir,
Wow, this doesn't exist in Sweden but is common in Poland - not fair! I'd love to hear it play! Excellent sharp shot showing great details and a nice composition. Very interesting!
TYFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-03-31 13:07]
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Hello Radomir,
Pity we don't have this insect musician in Sweden, but it's nice to know it is common in Poland!
This sharp and well composed portrait of it is an attraction to sail across the Baltic and have a look at a living specimen.
TFS and enjoy your weekend,
Ivan

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-31 13:26]

Radomir, this is very nice.

Excellent sharpness, colors and exposure.

I like dof too.

You did an excellent job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2007-03-31 14:01]
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Hi Radomir,
Excellent portrait of the Cricket. Very neat and sharp. Superb colours and the BG looks so natural. the lighting is perfect too. The only thing missing is the 'songs'. Love to listen to that. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-31 17:38]

Hej,
Ladnie udalo Ci sie go zdjac. Idealne naswietlenie, bardzo dobra ostrosc, DOF i kompozycja. Nie ma czego sie czepic :-)
Serdecznosci,
Michal

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40524)
  • [2007-04-01 3:57]
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Hello Radomir,
it looks cute your little field cricket. Excellent and sharp picture of this interesting creature. I had already seen some of them, but didn't notice the golden parts on their body.
Thank's and best regards
Anne

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-01 4:20]
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hi Radomir,
excellente image avec des détails très fins. Le flash donne la lumière qui lui manquait.

tfs

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-01 4:59]

Hola Radomir,
excelente macro, bellos detalles,
y magnífica nitidez y compo,
saludos
TP

Hi Radomir
C'est une très jolie macro .
je ne savais même pas que c'était comme ca un grillon !
le contraste entre le sujet et le fond est cool car ton grillon ressort bien mieu.
merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
  • [2007-04-01 10:36]
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Hi Radek

Another very beautiful macro from you!
I'm more and more amazed by the deep DOF of yuor camera...it may be only my imagination, but i think that my f/5.8 would produce a much shallower view...
Anyway, i really like the details on this cricket and also the strong but very eye-catching contrast from its body.
Very niec to see the antennas in great focus, too and the BG behind them nicely blurred.

Bravo and TFS
horia

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-02 9:53]

Hi Radomir.
Your presentation of this insect is perfect. I like razor sharpness and clear colours of the picture, excellent DOF and impressive point of view, effective lighting and terrific details. I give highest mark. That is why I tell you that for my taste a bit larger DOF would be better without any blurred parts of the shot. Bravo and my best regards.
Alexei.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2007-04-04 7:13]
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Hi Radomir. Very nice photo of the cricket. I like composition and perfect sharpness. In our cold region this insect is rather rare. I found it during some my trip to more warm areas.

Good registration.
Sharp.
TFS Radomir
Annick

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