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Green eating machine!

Green eating machine!
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Skylight
Exposure: f/22, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Insects and Spiders of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-22 14:40
Viewed: 5191
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Prong-Tailed Weevil

I took this Green Tree Locust in my garden with my sons “help” We saw this guy land in a flowerbed and I had to lie on my tummy supporting the camera on my fist in order to get this angle. My son held a reflective sunshield focusing the reflection on the hopper.

About the Green Tree Locust (Cyrtacanthacris aeruginosa) A scientific name like this eats into the 3000 character limit:)


Its body is around 50mm and is apple-green. There is also a thin white line along the wings which is pale yellow.

It has a common breeding cycle in which the in which sexually immature adults survive the dry season to lay eggs in response to the first rains. Eggs hatch simultaneously and nymphal development is completed during the rainy season.


Rank, often shrubby, vegetation with long grass.

The camera settings:

Focal Length: 300mm
F Stop: F/22
Shutter Speed: 1/30
ISO: 400
Tripod: Yes
Flash: No
Reflective Panel: Yes
Cable release: No

PDP, willie, RAP, gerhardt, Crypton, AndyB, marhowie, Callie, Kirsten, Lourens, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-22 14:45]

Your son as photographer's assistant and your description of how you took the shot make a good note and provide an image in my mind. Photo is very good, a nice apple and cream hopper. Very good Japie & Son.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-10-22 14:55]

Nice. What is he lying on, is it a jacaranda flower? Great clarity. Good notes
Well Done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-22 15:00]

Otra especie distinta Japie de estos hermosos aunque perjudiciales insectos.
Bonita composicion entre el color del ambiente y el verde y amarillo del cuerpo de la langosta.
Correcto DOF y encuadre con una excelente nota.

Another different species Japie from these beautiful although detrimental insects.
Pretty composition between the color of surrounding and the green and yellow of body of the grasshopper.
Correct DOF and frame with an excellent note.

The anticipation is killing me... what did you get at WOB? Please post one or many!

Ohh.. Smart green hopper you got. Great capture.

le sol est vraiment d'une tres belle couleur, ce qui fais ressortir encore mieux le vert de l'insecte !
la photo manque legerement de nettete mais elle reste tres belle.
nice done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-22 18:49]

A very nice capture.
Lovely colours and details with great DoF.
A good shot and a great note.
Very well done.

Japie, I'm jealous! You have assistants I see! This looks very much like the one I posted a couple of weeks ago..commonly known as a "Handsome Grasshopper". Your wings extend behind the abdomen & there are slight differences in the markings but they are hard to tell apart. Like the results I see from the sunshield..Gotta get me one someday...Great job!

well Japie,
I love the shot, very nice capture, I think that the macro is a succes, because the wonderfull colours in the composition. I wonder me what is the purple thing on the right side.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-23 10:28]

"n Sappige jakaranda blaar vir ete, Ek het nie geweet jou vuis is 'n driepoot nie, ek sal volgende keer bietjie beter moet kyk!
Now this is where beanbags come inyo their own, Reflector does a nice job too.
Pos 'n bottervlieg, ek voel ook soos Gerhard. Mooi sprinkaan

he must have been hungrey i guess!
nice shot, good colours,compo and details.
nice shot!

Baie mooi Japie. Kan moontlik 'n bietjie skerper wees?? Pragtige nota.

He wa probably wondering what the heck is going on....

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-07 14:10]

Japie, great macro.

On your note, you informed us about reflective panel. What is that?



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