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Elegance with a bitter taste

Elegance with a bitter taste
Photo Information
Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-22 15:37
Viewed: 4940
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Elegant Grasshopper
Zonocerus elegans

This elegant fellow belongs to the family Pyrgomorphidae or Foam Grasshoppers. It emits a nauseating yellow fluid when disturbed. Livestock avoid eating from bushes infected with these critters.

They are medium sized (28-50mm) with a black head and antennae with orange rings. They are a pest of irrigation farmers in RSA, damaging vegetables, fruit trees and grasslands. In tropical areas they infest cotton, cocoa, coffee and a variety of other crops.

Eggs lay in the ground for 6 months, hatching in spring. They reach maturity in 75 days. The males also produce sounds during aggressive interaction.

I saved some bugs for Paul. I know he likes ‘em. Hope you like ‘em too.

Technical data
Time of day: 1:23 PM
Weather conditions: Sunny
Focal length: 330mm
Flash: No
Camera mode: Aperture priority

extramundi, milloup, jossim, marhowie, PDP, scottevers7, christophe, red45, Callie, carper, Luc, ellis49, cafecrem, sergegagne has marked this note useful
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To ellis49: No tubes...gerhardt 2 01-24 16:00
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Wow, what a colourful chap, wish we got them in these colours up here ;-))
Razor sharp, good light and colours, good DOF & nice diagonal feel created by the grass bending his way, too.

WOW, Gerhard, this one is great. This looks from another planet, and more with the "foam" feature :D
I am impressed how well that zoom works instead of macro. Great capture. P.D.: and congrats for your 4000´s.

Great shot Gerhard.
Stunnig colours, great sharpnes and very nice composition.
Macor with the IS ?? I think you must have use the tubes too.
Excellent work my friend.
Congrats one more time.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-01-22 16:23]

Incroyable composition. Les couleurs extras. le phocus sur cette sauterelle est nette et parfait. FÉLICITATIONS !

What amazing colours. What amazing photographic skill you have.
This is an amazing shot, so much detail, perfect light and composition; a truely captivating image.

Very interesting shot. I like the parallel lines of the branches in the same direction as the insect itself.

Gerhard, This must be the most "elegant" looking hopper anyone has ever seen. I like the composition with the grass & hopper at this 45 degree angle. Very good sharpness & detail. Congratulations on your benchmark..but who's counting right! ;-))

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-22 20:35]

I'll take your word about the taste - it doesn't look appetising to me. Good photo, great colours and composition. Well done Gerhard.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-23 1:20]

Woow This is excellent shot.Love the colors.Great shot 11/10;).

excellent DPF and POV, very great shot Gerhard
In a friendly way Christophe

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-23 5:39]

Dandy guy :-) Maybe it was tuned by MTV's tuning car group from 'Pimp my ride' show ;-) ? Anyway - great details, colours and quality. TFS Gerhard!

PTS after TN transfering.

A perfect shot, stunning colours, great BG, good focus and details.
Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-23 13:47]

Well, sure is a colourful critter, looks good enogh to eat - IF you are - what eats them, anyway?
No nits just a great detailed picture, wish my scorpions looked like this.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-23 13:49]

Nice shot Gerhard, this little fellow is very colourful handsome looking. Good macro, clear and sharp. TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-23 14:39]

Wauw Gerhardt super shot,
Good macro, good capture, fantastic colours, great pof, and the depth is also nice, very7 good note and very good job

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-23 19:00]

Gerhard, here's another masterpiece of yours. As always, perfect PP and beautiful, very beautiful colors.

Super Gerhardt. This shot really brings out the good colouration of the specimen. Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-24 4:56]

What an elegant creature Gerhard. It doesn't look real - more alien. Super colours and composition. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-25 1:38]

Elegant and colorfull indeed.
Excellent sharpness, PoV and DoF.
A very effective composition.
Delectable work.

Wonderful colours! I never seen something like that! Just great subject and of course marvelous photo! Thanks!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-25 17:04]

OK, so the 100 - 400 can be used for close-ups as well. The sharpness and exposure here is excellent. I like the diagonal composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting.


Superb image, Gerhardt! What can I say more that the others didn't say... just that one day, I hope to be able to only approach your talent after I buy my macro lens. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

Grasshoppers are very beautiful
I never screw that there is this beauty.

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