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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 4:56
Viewed: 3217
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my visit to India in the summer of 2006, my objective was to go after the butterflies as much as I could. Unfortunately, it is not the best of seasons for butterflies owing to incessant rains which were copious this summer.
Anyway, most of my futile butterfly chases ended into my running into other creatures that seemed to be doing better during the rains, especially the bugs and beetles and a number of grasshoppers.
This grasshopper I am posting today was shot during my chase of a Yellow Coster in a thick stand of bushes in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. The insect is quite colourful and might appeal to some of you.
Once again, I have not been able to establish the ID of this particular one, so here is a brief note on grasshoppers in general.

Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. Species that change colour and behaviour at high population densities are called locusts.


The Caelifera have antennae that are almost always shorter than the body (sometimes filamentous), and short ovipositors. 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.
They are easily confused with the other sub-order of Orthoptera, Ensifera, but are different in many aspects, such as the number of segments in their antennae and structure of the ovipositor, as well as the location of the tympana and modes of sound production. Ensiferans have antennae with at least 30 segments, and caeliferans have less. In evolutionary terms, the split between the Caelifera and the Ensifera is no more recent than the Permo-Triassic boundary (Zeuner 1939).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper

Thanks for looking.

pankajbajpai, uleko, nainnain, maheshpatil, scottevers7, dew77, gurupawan, pablominto, Alex99, Silvio2006, anavazao, undoredo, fiyo, Maite, cataclysta has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-15 5:10]

Hello Ram,
Fine portrait of a grasshopper totally unknown to me, except that I venture to say that this is a juvenile or nymph, since the wings are not fully developed.
My answer to your questioning title is: 'no, this is a leopard hopper!'
Thanks for showing this sharp, interesting and well composed shot.
Best wishes, Ivan

well composed shot,
nice dof, lovely bg,
good pov, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-15 5:46]

Hello Ram,
Interesting shot of this "hopper", whoever he is. Excellent focus showing the very interesting pattern and beautiful brown colours. Very nice against the green background. I like the diagonal composition too.
TFS, Ulla

tres bon travail, des couleurs tres belles et nettes bon BG
bravo merci du partage

Hello Sir,
This is a best exposed shot.Niced details of GH. The leaf is oE but that's classic case when we shoot in Indian Summenr. :D. This one is really colorfull hopper. I havent seen somthing like this one. Nice DOF and sharppness. Well done.


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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-15 6:40]

Hello Ram
Belles couleurs, bons détails et splendide netteté


Hi Ram,
I have no idea on the ID of this hopper, but he certainly is colorful and detailed. You have brought out the intricate detail and colors very well.Excellent camera work here.

Hi Ram
So many photos so little time. Great presentation my friend. Beautiful light and colrs. interesting insect. I dont have time to read the note right now I will be buck later :-)
Best wishes

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-15 10:21]

Hello Ram,
Very nice close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi ram

What words can be spoken when the pic speaks it all. i will just :) with big open eyes admiring this capture of urs.



Hello Ram,
Quite amazing to see this grasshopper with the most intricate patterns on the back!
Sharp fine capture with wonderful colours, presented to your audience in this attractive composition!
Pablo -

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-15 13:26]

Hi Ram,
The number of patterns in insects are really impressive. Rare and lovely grasshoper, very well captured. It seems difficult to get the right exposure over a so brilliant leaf.
TFS, José M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-15 13:28]

Hi Ram.
Very cute specimen was captured by you. I like its colours and sharpness so mush. The shot is composed perfectly as well as the selection of DOF; excellent blurred BG is colourful and very expressive. The leaf is OE a bit. But this is complicated point at using flash. Very well done picture and nice note. TFS and my regards.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-15 13:51]

Very interesting POV Ram with good sharpness and depth.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, background, framing, notes.

I like it: lighting (slightly high, you should use some difusor).

I don't like it: nothing.

Another beautiful macro for your collection, I will add it to my Theme of Grasshoppers.
Regards... Ricardo

Hi Ram, wonderful macro, great sharpness, beautiful colors, nice details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,
Marvellous macro.
Very well composeded.
Nice details and sharpness.


Hi friend!
Superb macro.....Sharpness, details, colours and POV are exellent! Take care Ana:)

Hi Ram,
Very beautiful color pattern on body and wings of this young grasshopper. Nicely captured. Great sharpness and very fine details.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Ram,
Outstanding focus on grasshopper, great DOF, specially I love this POV very much.
And your note is also very useful to me. :-)
Best Regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-16 1:29]

Excellent macro, Ram
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-16 6:21]

Hello Ram
What a curious and beautiful hopper! It is really frustrating not to find butterflies when you are looking for them but it is gratificant to find at least other beautiful creatures to capture, and this is one of them. You have done also a perfect job. Thank you very much for it and for the information.
Best wishes

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-17 6:44]

Hi Ram.
This is excellent macro-shot.I really like nice POV and fine sharp details on main subject.Perfectly separate from blurry background.Very nice colours and composition too.
My admiration for amazing work and splendid presentation hereof interesting hopper.
Thanks and regards.

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